Remember the days when the MetroCard wasn't the bane of your existence? When the idea of not having to carry around a satchel of tokens wherever you went made you feel a kind of joy not felt since you were a child, and the idea of using a card seemed as high-tech as the iPad? The year was 1997, and the "MetroCard Gold" was about to change the way we traveled:

Of course now people are arguing left and right about fares and service, but it's things like this that can make us appreciate that we can still get anywhere in the city for $2.25. Or we could go back to arguing, because seriously, $99 for a limited unlimited card? [Via 2nd Avenue Sagas]