Historical Map: Boston MTA System, c. 1940s
Another aerial-style view of a transit system - this time of Boston’s MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority: now known as the “T”) subway system. The attention to detail is wonderful, with each station and tunnel lovingly and accurately rendered. Note how the routes have different colours to the current map: the current colours come from a system-wide rebranding in the 1960s.
Have we been there? Yes, and I used the “T” extensively while there.
What we like: Overall effect is charming, but also extremely detailed. Fantastic historical value.
What we don’t like: Black squares for “M.T.A. Public Auto Parks” seem a little tacked on. As always, the streetcar sections of the modern Green Line get the short end of the stick, just fading off into nothing once above ground. (Compare to the current map, where only select stations are named.)
Our rating: Lovely historical record, but necessarily not the most usable map. Marvellously done, nonetheless. Four stars.
(Source: vanshnookenraggen/Flickr - click through for a bigger image)