Posters

Poster; Christmas; boy, by Tom Eckersley and Eric Lombers, 1936
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1936
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/4601
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Print code : 36-4950.1500
Publisher : London Transport : 1936
Printer : Waterlow & Sons Ltd
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : (no text)
Title : Christmas; boy
Printed by : Waterlow & Sons Ltd
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London's calendar has always been full of public events. These range from large scale annual events and one-off festivals, for which thousands of Londoners take to the streets, to smaller exhibitions held at a variety of specific venues. Transport companies have always taken the opportunity to promote travel to such events through their posters. On public holidays, when there were no scheduled events to promote, posters encouraged Londoners to travel out into the countryside or to explore the city.
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Public holidays meant that less people were commuting. Keen to fill empty seats on buses, trams and the Underground, London Transport used posters to promote the opportunity for leisure travel. Every Easter, Whitsun and August Bank holiday the public were encouraged to take outings to London's surrounding countryside, towns and villages or to explore the delights of the city. At Christmas many posters promoted shopping, while others simply offered their passengers festive greetings.
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Double royal : Double royal has been the standard poster size used by the Underground since 1908. This 40 x 25 inch format has been used almost exclusively by railway companies.
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