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The Evolution of PSAs with Poster House

Thursday, March 25 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$10 / Free for Members
color image of an Oppy PSA about a clean city

Join us once a month for Transit After-Hours: a series of conversations, presentations, workshops, and performances inspired by Transit Museum exhibitions and collections. Come together online, share ideas, and learn about transit and NYC history.  

Dating back to the 1870s, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have been used to communicate messages to the public on a variety of topics.  Over the past 150 years, PSAs have ranged from calls to action to unite the public on war efforts, to messages conveying safety concerns when riding public transportation.  Many factors are considered when creating PSAs, including design and placement, for efficient and effective dissemination of information.


Join us after-hours with our Associate Curator, Jodi Shapiro, and the Chief Curator of Poster House, Angelina Lippert, as they explore a general history of PSA posters. Learn more about how PSA messaging has evolved since the late 1800s, how New York City’s buses and subways have functioned as places where PSAs communicate to straphangers, and what the future looks like for the medium.



Please Note: This event will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.

Thank you for supporting the Transit Museum!

Photo: The Subway Sun, Vol. XVIII, No.5, 1951, Amelia Opdyke Jones, New York Transit Museum Car Card Collection.



Thursday, March 25
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 / Free for Members
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