Life imitates SF Municipal Railway tokens


Art often imitates Muni — and how!

Pic above and token design by @teddyhose on Instagram, who says this pin was designed for Mission Comics & Art — $10 a pop.

Look familiar? If so, it definitely dates you, in a good way.

Like our beloved paper Fast Passes, San Francisco transit ephemera like SF Municipal Railway tokens warm even the most hardened local’s heart. You used them to get on the bus once upon a time, before the BEEP and EH-EH of Clipper machines rang in our heads.

Share and share alike on Muni Diaries’ social channels (FB, Twitter, Insta) if you’re itching to drop some local transit history.

Starting to look a lot like … Christmas on these Fast Passes


As we head into Festivus Christmas, we’d like to share a recent Instagram from the SF Public Library, showing a variety of holiday-themed Fast Passes from the past. Past Fast Passes.

For those too young to remember, Muni used to issue monthly paper passes that you had to take out of your wallet and show your operator to be allowed on board. We had to climb uphill in the snow (BOTH WAYS!) to get to school, also.

Seen in the image above, Fast Passes for December of 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1996.

Meeting an unexpected fashion muse at the Muni stop

muni senior lady pink glases by meli

Muni rider Meli met a fashionable lady at the Muni stop the other day. From Meli: “I met an adorable senior by the bus stop last week, she had same hue of pink on her eyeglasses jacket lipstick.” Meli was so inspired that she sketched a portrait of her, seen above.

It’s nice to be reminded that beauty doesn’t only come from cookie-cutter, fashion model forms. I dream of dyeing my hair purple (or maybe pink) when I go gray and finally living my punk rock dreams.

By the way, for more unexpected style icons, drop in at the Chinatown Pretty‘s exhibit at 41 Ross gallery in Chinatown. The photography exhibit celebrates the street style of seniors living (and grocery shopping) in Chinatown. From the show’s organizers:

Clothes can tell a story – and in the case of Chinatown, it’s a story about a generation of men and women who immigrated from China to Chinatown, and their fashion philosophy (staying warm) and economic ideals (making their own clothes or preserving the ones they already have). Interviews, conducted with the help of Cantonese-speaking translators, will be displayed next to the photos.

Thanks Meli for our very own version of Advanced Style.

Remember to tag us @munidiaries or email us at to submit your own slice of life on Muni, fashionable or otherwise!

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