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Friday, June 10, 2005

Back in the USSR?

Been riding MARC lately? (For those non-locals, MARC, is a commuter rail run by the State of Maryland and Amtrak and is the usual way to commute from Baltimore to Washington and back.)

Check out this sign seen on MARC trains. The red banners (and indeed the red motif overall), the block test, and everything else about it seems to invoke similar posters seen in the Soviet Union. They're not pure Socialist Realism - they mix in some Art Deco, with the softer shade of red often associated with propaganda from early Chinese Communism.

While it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for people to be more vigilant on mass transit, did they need to present it in such a paranoid style while appropriating so many of the trappings of unsavory totalitarian regimes?


At 12:40 PM, Blogger Jason said...

It is a nice Art Deco look, perhaps too chic for MARC trains, but I have a feeling that the thought of the USSR never once crossed the designers' minds.

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Aaron said...

Could it be that there is actually a universal contstant in design when portraying the notion that one should be wary of one's neighbors?


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