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Muni and Wendy MacNaughton’s Meanwhile in San Francisco

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Image via Meanwhile, in San Francisco

We met artist Wendy MacNaughton back in 2010 when she illustrated a series of gorgeous, whimsical, and very San Francisco drawings done on Muni and BART. Since then, she’s done loads of amazing work, including Pen and Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them, written with Muni Diaries Live alum Isaac Fitzgerald (watch his story here). Her latest book, Meanwhile, in San Francisco, is an ode to the city we all know and love. Featured prominently at the beginning of the book, of course, is the personal story of a Muni driver.

The illustrations shows a day in the life of a Muni operator in his own words. From Wendy: “The driver is my neighbor, Edmundo. he lives just up the street from me – so I asked if I could join him at work. I went at the crack of dawn with him one day – before 5 a.m., I think it was.”

We asked Wendy in an earlier story about why she draws on public transit: (more…)

TBT: Ever heard of Muni’s 1-Sutter?

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Wait, the 1-Sutter? We polled our readers about what they knew of this curious line, as seen in the undated photo via Flickr user Muni Better Late Than Never. Reader Lisa point out that the San Francisco public library has a partial list of Market Street Railroad route names, which includes the 1-Sutter, which had long been changed to the 1-California.

Reader Gary Soup commented about the origins of this curious little car:

The 1 Sutter-California was a motor coach line from July 1949 (when it replaced the #1 Streetcar line) until January 1951, when it was replaced by a trolley coach. In the late 70s the outer portion of the line was combined with the (newly electrified) #55 Sacramento motor coach line of fond memory to form the current #1 California. The #1 never ran on Market Street; the photo is obviously of an excursion or historic motor coach event long after the fact, judging from the presence of the vehicle with the creamsicle livery.

This post originally appeared in Muni Time Capsule. Got a Muni throw-back moment we should know about? Email us and tell us all about it!

Zoo Animals Take Over the Subway

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Photo by Thomas Subtil

Blink again, is that a giraffe trying to squeeze into BART there? Photographers Thomas Subtil and Clarisse Rebotier have imagined what the Paris metro would look like if zoo animals took it over.

In their photo series, a lion passes through the turnstile, another giraffe cranes its neck to see the view from the train, and an elephant gracefully rides the subway with a tiny bird on its back. You can see all the photos in the gallery here.

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Another favorite:

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Prefer real animals? Browse through our Animals on Muni page – some seem more surreal than others.

Via Mashable.

Traffic Control Romance

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Photo by mingz chong

Reader D. saw a cute gesture the other day when she ran into an SFMTA employee directing traffic.

The other day as I was crossing the street at 4th and Market I saw one of the traffic control officers carrying a bouquet of yellow roses. As she carried them to her scooter vehicle (Scorpion?) she had a HUGE smile on her face.

I kidded her by asking, “Is a bouquet of flowers standard SFMTA equipment?” While still smiling she explained that some anonymous admirer had them delivered to her as she directed pedestrians and vehicles at that particular intersection.

I told her to check for a card and sure enough there was! She had to get back to performing her duties so I didn’t stick around to see just what was written.

But I’m glad I was there at the right time to witness a rather charming romantic gesture.

Aw. Happy Monday to you too, D.