5 gifts for the Toronto transit geek
Not so long ago, I wrote about why I wanted a TTC merch store. In the process of doing so, I ran across a host of transit trinkets and other accessories that got my inner nerd all happy and excited. While commuting on the TTC may not always be the best experience, well-designed transit swag just does it for me for some reason. Needless to say, not everyone will want TTC-themed gifts this holiday season, but for the Torontophile or transit geek on your list, these five items might be worth a look.
Ever wanted to turn your living room into a TTC platform? These decals will do the trick. I'm partial the ones for Spadina and Dupont stations, but the wayfinding ones are pretty neato, too. $25 to $40.
TTC Font Posters
The TTC Story
It's not the most beautiful looking book from a design standpoint, but those interested in the history of the TTC will not be disappointed with Mike Filey's overview of its first 75 years, which can still be found at most well-stocked bookstores. Along with the historical info, there are lots of great vintage pics to be seen within its pages.
Model TTC Vehicles
If one were so inclined, he or she could spend a lot of money on something like this. But if $400+ sounds like a little too much to spend on a trinket, there's always the Bachman model PCC streetcar, which comes in at a more reasonable $42. The Peter Witt model is nicer, but significantly more expensive.
Those who've seen the old Legacy Sportswear TTC t-shirts, are likely still having nightmares about it, but there are some nicer looking unofficial versions floating around out there. Spacing merch extends beyond the buttons, you know. And the DenizenTO offerings are pretty slick as well.
If you really can't stomach the thought of forking over more TTC-related money, you can always stop in at the Commission's head office at Davisville and pick up some free paper cut-outs. They can be used in all sorts of novel ways. The perfect gift!
For more TTC-related merch, check out the list that Ed Drass has put together.
Model streetcar photo by Stephen Rees
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