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Each vector (.eps) image holds the incredible detail of the NYC Subway Mosaics images, regardless of the size of reproduction.
The mosaic signs of the New York City subway system are one of the lasting charms of the Big Apple. A wide range of signage styles, created from the turn of the 20th century to the current day, can be found all over the five boroughs. This website concentrates on a particular subset of NYC subway signage, characterized by a rectangular mosaic format with inset borders, featuring slab-serif fonts, mostly created during the aegis of Squire Vickers, the architect of the NYC subway system from 1908 to 1942.
The digital replicas on this site, created by graphic artist Van Hall, are detailed, accurate, vector-based images which can be scaled to any size, large or small, without losing any of the images' close detail work. All images are reproduced by hand, with great fidelity given to the original type fonts, mosaic styles, and ornamentation. The colors are sampled directly from color-fidelity prints photographed at the subway stations themselves.
ON THIS SITE:
The Mosaics: Twelve mosaic signs recreated as digital, vector-based files, along with a brief description of the station and a locator map
History: A detailed history of the first 25 years of the construction of the New York subway system, with particular attention paid to the two architectural firms who designed the system's mosaic signage
Design: An in-depth discussion of the typography of the mosaic signage, derived from late nineteenth-century Beaux Arts typefaces.
MORE TO COME
Currently there are a limited number of station mosaic sign images available at www.nysubwaymosaics.com, given the labor-intensive nature of the work. More will be coming. Stay tuned.