One of the more endearing features of my tiny office at Metro is that it’s often treated as (or mistaken for) a closet. Thus I was hardly surprised yesterday to find that the two above photos had magically been deposited in my space although I don’t recall asking for old photos of what appears to be the RTD softball team.
The RTD and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission merged to form the MTA (aka Metro) in 1993. Based on clothing, facial hair, regular hair the wearing of sunglasses indoors and transit agency history, I’m guessing the photos are from the summer of 1990.
UPDATE: Three colleagues surmise these photos are probably from the mid-1980s, having noticed fresh hats from the ’84 Summer Olympics. Also, they may have been taken to promote RTD clothing items sold at the time.
SECOND UPDATE: One of the people in the photos works at Metro! She writes: “Yes, we were modeling not playing baseball on the company team. Back in the day, RTD had an employee store and they had just gotten in some company wear with the logo and they called for some employees to come and sport the wear/gear for advertising purpose. Those were the good ole days!”
And why am I posting them? Well, I have other decor in mind for my work crib and I’ve love to unload these on someone who would actually value them. If you recognize yourself — or your former hairdo — drop me a line at email@example.com.
P.S. sorry about the glare on the photos. I didn’t have time to take good photos of the photos.
P.P.S. Yes, there was once upon a time two giant agencies overseeing transit in Los Angeles County. If you’re thinking “that sounds like a good recipe for creating a big bureaucratic mess,” I’m thinking the same thing.