Thursday, August 12, 2010

Millenium Manners Matter

These vintage Tokyo subway manner posters appeared in the Tokyo subways between 1976 and 1982. A revival of public education in Melbourne could no harm...

Don't throw chewing gum on the platform (September 1976)
Even Superman is no match for chewing gum discarded on the train platform.

The Seat Monopolizer (July 1976)
Inspired by Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator," this poster encourages passengers not to take up more seat space than necessary.

Coughing on the platform (January 1979)
Modeled after the paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this poster titled "Hōmu de Concon" (coughing on the platform) urges people not to smoke on the train platforms during designated non-smoking hours, making a play on the words "concon" (coughing sound) and "cancan" (French chorus line dance).

Dream at home (December 1981)
This poster featuring Doraemon dressed as Santa, encourages Christmas and end-of-year drunks not to pass out on the train.

You've had too much to drink (October 1976)
This October 1976 poster of a drinking Santa is addressed to the drunks on the train. Loosely translated, it reads: "I look like Santa because you've had too much to drink. It's only October. If you drink, be considerate of the other passengers."

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