Ever the lovers of vintage posters, especially vintage posters with a pop culture bent, we were pretty psyched to discover this collection of Japanese subway manner posters, which were displayed in Tokyo subways in the late ’70s and early ’80s, over at How to Be a Retronaut. The posters make use of figures ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Rodin’s Thinker to Jesus in order to remind passengers of the proper way to behave. Marilyn Monroe reminds you not to forget your umbrella (as do many others, apparently umbrella-forgetting is a huge problem on the Tokyo underground), Superman tells you where not to drop your chewing gum, and Napoleon shows you how to properly display your boarding pass. Click through to see our favorites from the collection, all originally published in Manner Poster 100 in 1983.
Don’t throw chewing gum on the platform (September 1976)