March 26, 2016

2410-2411 UNITED STATES (New York) - New York City Subway map

Opened in 1904, the New York City Subway is one of the world's oldest public transit systems, one of the world's most used metro systems, and the metro system with the most stations (469) and the most trackage. It offers service 24 hours per day and every day of the year. Stations are located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The system is also one of the world's longest (1,362km, including non-revenue trackage).

The most recent official maps of the subway system are not geographically accurate due to the complexity of the system (e.g., Manhattan being the smallest borough, but having the most services), but they help tourists navigate the city, as major city streets are shown alongside the subway stations serving them. There are several privately produced schematics which are available online or in published form. Additionally, the New York City Subway map has served as the subject of artistic endeavors.

The biggest innovation in the redevelopment of the map in the late 1960's was the introduction of color-coding by subway route. After some experimentation, R. Raleigh D’Adamo found a set of colors for subway lines that avoided clashes; Stanley Goldstein used D’Adamo’s concept but invented his own color allocation; and finally Dante Calise devised the color assignment that was used in the published map of 1967. Those colors were inherited by Unimark International and used in the 1972 Vignelli map. That color scheme was rearranged by John Tauranac in 1979 to create a trunk-colored map.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2410
About the first stamp, depicting the president Abraham Lincoln, I wrote here. About the second stamp, issued to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Snake, I wrote here. The last stamp is part of the definitives series American Design (2002-2007), about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2411
The first stamp is part of the definitives series American Design (2002-2007), about which I wrote here. The second, a definitive first class stamp, was issued in 2000.

New York City Subway - Wikipedia
New York City Subway map - Wikipedia

Sender 2410: Denise 
2410: Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 28.07.2014
Sender 2411: Jonathan / Parker51 (postcrossing) US-3913576
2411: Sent from New York (New York / United States), on 18.03.2016
A map by John Tauranac

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