Poster; Quickly away, thanks to pneumatic doors, by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1937
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1937
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/4655
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Print code : 37.87.1500
Reproduced in : Taylor, Sheila (ed), 2001. The Moving Metropolis. Laurence King Publishing in association with London's Transport Museum, p211
Publisher : London Transport : 1937
Printer : Waterlow & Sons Ltd
Mode : Tube, Sub-surface railways
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : Quickly Away, Thanks To Pneumatic Doors The doors, which are edged with rubber, are kept closed by air-engine arms, one for each door. The arms engage in slots in the doors, which open when the arms swing round. The doors are held open by the arms. The signal to start cannot be given while the doors are open.
Additional information : This poster, Quickly Away, Thanks to Pneumatic Doors, promotes the air-operated doors on Tube trains. It describes how the doors operate, including the fact that the signal to start the train cannot be given whilst the doors are open. Air-operated doors were controlled by one or two guards, and speeded up the process of loading and unloading at stations. Their introduction also reduced staff costs since they replaced the need for manually operated end gates on the standard stock cars. The poster was designed by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a Hungarian artist and photographer known for his experimental work at the Bauhaus art school.
Title : Quickly away, thanks to pneumatic doors
Colour : Yellow,Pink
Printed by : Waterlow & Sons Ltd
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By 1914 the Underground Group ran most of the Tube lines, three tram systems and the main London bus company, the LGOC. The posters publicise all these transport modes. Outside the Underground Group were the Metropolitan Railway and London County Council (LCC) Tramways, which ran separate poster campaigns. All these companies were merged into London Transport (LT) in 1933. The four main line railway companies also used posters to promote their London suburban services. Transport for London (TfL) replaced LT in 2000 with wider responsibility including taxis, streets, river services and some overground rail.
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