The Spring Street station and a superhero logo

The Spring Street subway station is one of the original 28 IRT stations to open in October 1904. And like the rest, the platform is decorated with mosaic name tablets, rosettes and wreaths, and cartouches.

Every time I ride through this little station on the 6 train, I can’t help but notice that the S in the cartouche looks a lot like the S in the shield emblazoned on Superman’s chest.

Coincidence? Probably.

But just for the record, Superman first appeared with a similar-looking S shield in the 1930s, a good 30 years after the Spring Street station opened.

It wouldn’t be the first time New York City inspired a superhero’s creators. Batman’s Gotham City sure appears to bear a big resemblance to our Gotham.

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7 Responses to “The Spring Street station and a superhero logo”

  1. Terrence Kirk Says:

    Ms. Crain: Is this tile a product of a known ceramics company producer at the early 20th. century?

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, I believe it’s the work of Grueby Faience Company; they did all the original tiles and friezes in the subway.


    I was a conductor on the Pelham line #6 from
    70-73. I remember that station very well.

    • David H Lippman Says:

      That was during the time period in which “The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3” was originally set. In the book, the motorman is shot. In the movie, the conductor is shot.

      I suspect you probably liked the book version better, for that reason.

      Nonetheless, as a fourth-generation New Yorker and subway buff, I thank you for your service on one of my favorite transportation systems in the world.

  4. rossana delzio Says:

    Reblogged this on Intellicooking.

  5. Tom B Says:

    We would take the #6 to Spring Street every time in NYC. When you exit walking East a few yards you see 55 Spring St. The location in THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE of the mob’s social club. Burt Young was poisoned, crashed through the windowed door and ran towards the subway kiosk. Mickey R & Eric R walked East on Spring Street to end the movie. Our destination was Little Italy.

  6. David H Lippman Says:

    Superman’s inventors were Canadian, so I suspect there’s no direct connection, but it’s good fun anyway. Those Heins & LaFarge mosaics on the original 28 stations were and remain brilliant.

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