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Streetcar Lines, Tufte Lines

August 4, 2009

Following up on our previous 1943 red and black streetcar map — damn, this 1927 streetcar map is cool.  Thanks to LibertyHiller pointing me to Octoferret’s most excellent transit scans:

1927 market street railway individual line maps

Reminds me of Zorn’s dance notations for Cachucha, via Tufte’s Invisioning Information:


(Go buy his books and register for his SF class this December.  Seriously.  Now.)

Anyway, here are some of our favorite neighborhood lines. (The 23 would certainly make it easier to get to the Independent, GAMH and the Fillmore.)

1929 streetcar lines 23 11 26 9

Ha, 7:01½ AM — don’t be late! (Especially if you are going bowling.)

Someone make me a 9 Valencia shirt, OK?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Braithwaite permalink
    August 5, 2009 12:21 pm

    The lines are not Tufte’s. Here’s the credit he gives (Envisioning Information, p. 117):

    “Shown are redrawn extracts from the score of Cachucha for the ballerina Fanny Elssler, in Friedrich Albert Zorn, Grammar of the Art of Dancing: Theoretical and Practical (Odessa, 1887; Boston, 1905, 1920).”

  2. August 5, 2009 12:33 pm

    Good point, should have been more clear. Text edited.

    Wikimedia has a scan of the original Zorn piece.

  3. August 6, 2009 6:01 pm

    This is amazing! Is there any way to get a print?


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