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Sydney designer, illustrator and collector.


Tram roll

Reproduction by Transit Design

I had seen these around the place and thought how cool they looked, not knowing what they where. UNTIL on the weekend I went to the powerhouse museum in Sydney, and I was looking at the old trains and trams and looked up at the ceiling and saw two huge long banners hanging down, tram rolls! There was one that even had my suburb on it! Which was rather exciting to see, but made me sad that the trams no longer run where they used to. Apparently they got rid of the trams in Sydney back in the 60s. Seems so stupid, because they went everywhere!
Anyway, it would appear that many others have fallen in love with the old tram/bus rolls as custom reproductions are showing up all over the place.

If you like Sydney, you might also enjoy this new website I designed for Michael Bargholz, The Mosman Morning Project, featuring his photography of Mosman and surrounding areas.


Alyssa said...

I'm attempting to make my mum a sign like that for her birthday. Its going to include a list of places she visited in Europe this year.

Lets see if i succeed or not :)

carlotta said...

i love love love love this type of artwork. i've been meaning to try to make one...we'll see how that goes ;)

See Me Everywhere said...

I love the Powerhouse museum! Wow, I was there last like 8 years ago, I guess much would've changed. That's what I love about Melbourne is the trams. Would've been amazing if Sydney still kept them too


Anonymous said...

It is extremely interesting for me to read the post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

Hilary Simpson

Emma Fourie said...

I saw some of these NZ style with a whole lot of rural townships and spots named and printed on cushions and tea towels!


Nicky said...

Hello.. I'm also slightly in love with tram rolls and was really pleased to see the one from Edinburgh.. I live at Haymarket and would love to get hold of that print.. do you know where it came from?
Edinburgh also scrapped the trams back in the 60s and now, ironically, millions are being spent putting them back in place.. Can't wait for them to be up and running again but sadly I just have to put up with an awful lot of roadworks in the meantime!

tabitha said...

that images was found here http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/look/look-vintage-bus-rolls-at-the-alameda-antiques-faire-086754