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German photographer Michael Wolfe has compiled a compelling collection of portraits of Tokyo subway commuters.

As Phaidon points out, while Wolfe’s earlier series “Architecture Of Density” was reminiscent of Andreas Gursky, this series evokes the iconic work of Walker Evans…

See more of Wolfe’s “Tokyo Compression” series at Phaidon, and even more of that series– plus more of his other wonderful work– on his site.


As we reach for our tokens, we might recall that it was on this date in 1883, precisely at noon, that North American railroads switched to a new standard time system for rail operations, which they called Standard Railway Time (SRT). Almost immediately after being implemented, many American cities enacted ordinances, thus resulting in the creation of “time zones”–  eastern standard time, central daylight time, mountain standard time, and Pacific daylight time. Though tailored to the railroad companies’ train schedules, the new system was quickly adopted nationwide, forestalling federal intervention in civil time for more than thirty years, until that dark day in 1918, when daylight saving time was introduced.

Plaque commemorating the Railway General Time Convention of 1883 in North America


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November 18, 2011 at 1:01 am

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