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Vintage Subway Sun advertisments show bad subway manners have been around since the 1940s

Although manspreaders seem like a problem that came about with millennials, it turns out they are nothing new.

Thanks to the permanent exhibit at the New York Transit Museum, we have a window into "Subway Sun" courtesy campaigns from the 1940s.

Meanwhile, if you want to stop manspreading and other bad habits in the subway, the Transit Museum is now selling tee shirts, mugs and magnets with their current "Courtesy Counts" campaign. More information available at nytransitmuseumstore.com.

Previous generation manspreaders.
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Previous generation manspreaders.

There are so bad behaviors in this advertisement
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There are so bad behaviors in this advertisement that it's hard to tell which one warrants the ad. Leg crossing aside, that poor woman having to stand.

Even before the days of wheeling luggage, too
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Even before the days of wheeling luggage, too many bags on the subway were a problem.

Pole leaners have existed since the beginning of
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Pole leaners have existed since the beginning of time. There's something kind of depressing about that thought.

Dear door crowders, you have been not helping
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Dear door crowders, you have been not helping the subway since the 1940s. Lucky us that you still exist.

Trains are so packed nowadays, it's hard to
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Trains are so packed nowadays, it's hard to imagine anyone even having the space to fall over.

This woman's look of horror says it all.
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This woman's look of horror says it all.

In today's obesity-conscious world, this ad probably wouldn't
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In today's obesity-conscious world, this ad probably wouldn't fly.

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"Love thy neighbor, even in the subway!" Aside from the fashion, this 1940s ad could be pointing out the same problems today.

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