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Transit-lovers, here's some Metro earrings for under $20

October 28, 2011 - 02:57 PM
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(Photo: Etsy/subwaycufflinks)

One of my TBD colleagues compiled a list of wonderfully D.C.-centric items from Etsy and I feel the readers of On Foot need to aware of what's billed as "Washington DC Metro 1973 Subway Token Earrings." Have you seen these? They're fantastic for any transit fans out there and cost just under $20.

The holiday season is coming up, D.C., and I recommend you seek these out immediately. I like the look, although I'm a little confused about the date. Metro officially opened in 1976, but these "subway tokens" are dated 1973. Were these tokens used for Metrobus? I've begun to get especially interested in old WMATA history and would love to dive into some good books on the time. Here, for instance, are some marvelous photos from the March 1976 opening of the first Metro line from Rhode Island Ave to Farragut North that I found myself eyeing the other day.  In any case, these earrings seem like a fun gift. Transportation lends itself to many cute little gifts, from toy trains to a porcelain Metro cup from the WMATA store to these earrings. Men, if you're not feeling the earrings, consider these 1982 Metro cufflinks or this student-focused pair from the '90s.

Here's how the Etsy user subwaycufflinks, who is responsible for many other transit-related products, describes the earrings:

Hand crafted earrings. These beautiful silver tone earrings are made from genuine Washington DC Metro tokens. The perfect item for anyone who has lived, worked, visited or studied in the USA Capitol city.

These are the tokens that were used many years ago in Washington DC. The tokens are dated 1973.

These french hook style earrings are about 1 7/8" in total length. The tokens are about 7/8" diameter.

The earrings will be shipped in a gold gift box.

See the rest of the District-related Etsy items here.

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