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Sticking it to the man

Or the Oyster, anyway. Not long ago, Meg Pickard, MOO friend, inventor of the anti-valentine card - and the MOOgnet - blogged about her Stickers, and the fact they're the perfect size for an 'Oyster' card holder.

For the un-initiated, 'Oysters' are a London thing. No, it's not a deep-seated love of expensive bivalve mollusks, merely the the crazy-spectacular name for bus/train pass, available from London Transport.

(Personally, I think they called it that because they planned it to go in a holder like this and they think that opening up the 'shell like' holder reveals the 'pearl' of a card inside. What do you think? Have I over thought this? Have you ever travelled in London? Believe me, there's a lot of time for thought.)

Anyway. This is Meg's holder

And this is mine.

So now we've shown you ours, I reckon you should show us yours. It doesn't have to be from London, but if, like us, you had a pack of stickers and a boring 5 minutes, where did your Stickers end up?


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19th Feb, 2008 21:09 (UTC)
When I lived in London I did a lot of traveling on London Transport and it certainly would have been nice to have had Oyster cards in those days (1971).

The card holders would be good for transit passes in the USA, too. Where on earth do you get them?
20th Feb, 2008 12:40 (UTC)
actually, they do rip quite easily, as carlyinvailn says - they're not as good as they look! If you're visiting London though, you could ask at a tube station, say you need one for your Oyster card - and look needy - and they might give you one :)
20th Feb, 2008 16:18 (UTC)
Yeah, they will
20th Feb, 2008 17:52 (UTC)
Oh... well, I won't be in London any time soon, alas (one of my favorite places in the world, too) so maybe I'll buy the one with the Tube map attached that someone's selling on eBay, to go along with the Tube map I have framed on the wall. :)
20th Feb, 2008 18:09 (UTC)
the tube map is a thing of beauty!
There's quite a few design books around about it actually, talking about it's development over the years. Very interesting.
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20th Feb, 2008 16:22 (UTC)
I'd totally put them on my Oyster, if I didn't have a limited edition rare one :p
Green OystAer
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20th Feb, 2008 22:57 (UTC)
21st Feb, 2008 08:00 (UTC)
hmm - I thought it was green, but wondered if it was a trick of the light. How did you get a green one? Or have you been at it with a packet of felt-tips? :)
21st Feb, 2008 09:08 (UTC)
Staff Nominee :p
I have two staff friends who have white Oysters :o
It expires 17/9/2069, which I'm guessing must be the day of my death.
21st Feb, 2008 13:42 (UTC)
Oh my word - the Oyster database is all knowing! They know that's the day you die?!
I want a white one now!
3rd Mar, 2008 12:31 (UTC)
Coincidence? Mine expires then too...
19th Feb, 2008 21:25 (UTC)
We have similar card here in new zealand called Metrocards

19th Feb, 2008 22:36 (UTC)
I think it's oyster as "The world is your..." - the world in this instance being London, obviously. The card holders are nasty little things, there's plenty of scope for a better design...
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20th Feb, 2008 10:07 (UTC)
Some people I know had some luck solving this problem with small sheets of tinfoil.
20th Feb, 2008 02:12 (UTC)
I love those robots!
Would it/is it possible to see the original image to make stickers with? :)
20th Feb, 2008 13:02 (UTC)
sure! This is a bit of a clunky way of doing things, but the quickest I could think to do over lunch!

head over there - find the colours / combinations you like, and then grab the original versions. (Click 'all sizes' above the image and it will give the option of viewing the original). You can then upload them straight to moo, via the moo uploader: http://www.moo.com/uploader/ - and add anything of your own you'd like stickers of too.
(hope that made sense :)
20th Feb, 2008 14:09 (UTC)
thanks! :)
20th Feb, 2008 18:10 (UTC)
no problem. With such a great user pic, how could I resist :)
20th Feb, 2008 08:02 (UTC)
Chicago has something similar to the oysters for the Metra, but I'm from a few hours south of there, so I only know about it due to an ex and his family...
20th Feb, 2008 11:29 (UTC)
Surely they'd get scuffed and peel off.
They would on mine...
20th Feb, 2008 12:43 (UTC)
not really. They have a protective laminate on them and it's pretty hardy. Mine have been on there since last summer and they're doing ok (I use the card every day). It will get a bit scuffed over time, but certainly not immediately.
20th Feb, 2008 13:58 (UTC)
"available from London Transport"

Or even "available from Transport for London" ;p
20th Feb, 2008 18:11 (UTC)
pah! If they got my trains to me on time, I might think about getting their name right ;)
20th Feb, 2008 18:19 (UTC)
When did they change that then?

(Not been in London for a couple of years and living in Sussex.)
21st Feb, 2008 16:59 (UTC)

Before that they were London Regional Transport.

They were only called London Transport 1970-1984 until the end of the GLC.

I might be very pedantic, but they pay me ;) I'm nothing to do with trains...

Edited at 2008-02-21 17:12 (UTC)
20th Feb, 2008 18:16 (UTC)
Of course, any railcard and/or season ticket holder (National Rail, etc.), bus pass, and even the freeby credit card holders from some banks and building societies (I know Nat West used to give them out for free) would take this method of enhancement. ;-p

Edited at 2008-02-20 18:17 (UTC)
21st Feb, 2008 08:01 (UTC)
of course! It's more about what you have in your pocket or bag really. Doesn't have to be an oyster card, that's just what came to hand :)
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