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Hidden Treasures of the Paris Metro

 by Bennett Gordon

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Paris MetroWhile renovating La Muette subway station in Paris, French officials uncovered layers of maps, schedules, and forgotten posters from the 1960s. Officials had simply covered them up during a previous renovation. Before the artifacts were unceremoniously peeled down and thrown away, Gene Tempest, writing for the AIGA design blog, looks into the history of the posters, and who cares about them today.

“Most fans are young twenty- and thirty-somethings, adept with iPhones, Flickr, Blogger and Twitter. Bref, people for whom the posters recall nothing,” she writes. “La Muette’s posters are glimpses into someone else’s present, not the past of today’s admirers.”

Source: AIGA

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