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Boston Subway Token Earrings

Boston Subway Token Earrings

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Long before we swiped or tapped cards to get on the subway, we paid fares by dropping tokens in turnstiles. These earrings are made from genuine tokens used for Boston's transit system, known as "The T." Each token measures just over ¾" wide—just a bit larger than a U.S. Penny.

The token we labeled as ONE FARE is from long before Boston's subway was even called "The T." When this design was introduced in 1951, the underground in Boston was part of the MTA—of "Charlie on the MTA" fame—or Metropolitan Transit Authority. These are occasionally incorrectly thought to be tokens for the New York MTA. This version is the same on both sides.

The newer tokens, which are listed as T & TRAIN, came into use in 1988. They were the same size and weight, and were added to supplement the existing 1951 stock, not replace them. They feature the T logo on one side and a stylized rapid transit vehicle on the other.

T Tokens were used until 2007, when the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) transitioned to CharlieCards.

These earrings are made with hypoallergenic, nickel-free, lead-free ear hooks.

Each of these items is different. The images shown are sample photos and do not show the exact item you are purchasing. Because each is handmade using upcycled materials, you should understand that the product you receive will vary in appearance.

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Repurposed Retro features products we make in our Provincetown workspace from games, toys, and other items that remind us of our younger days. Memories, like the corners of my mind....

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