Posters

Poster; Southwark Cathedral, by Frank William Brangwyn, 1937
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1937
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/4953
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Print code : 37.5288.2000
Publisher : London Transport : 1937
Printer : Haycock Press Ltd
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : Southwark Cathedral Against the dark wharves of the Thames and over the roar of the Borough Market rises the tower of the Cathedral, softly grey with the weathering of seven centuries. Inside, away from the urgency of the streets, it is suddenly quiet under the high vaulting. You are in the oldest Gothic church in London Monument Station and across London Bridge (7 minutes' walk) or London Bridge Station
Title : Southwark Cathedral
Colour : Black
Printed by : Haycock Press Ltd
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From its first pictorial poster in 1908, the Underground and then London Transport have promoted sightseeing in the capital. Posters encouraged visitors and Londoners alike to either take a conducted tour or to explore the city themselves. Well known landmarks such as Nelson's Column and Buckingham Palace featured the most frequently, although lesser known places of interest were also publicised. Many posters focused on a specific sight, others simply encouraged visitors to 'See London by coach' or 'See London in summer'. Green line coach and country bus services allowed sightseeing to extend beyond the city.
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London's historic churches have always been popular sightseeing destinations. Posters regularly featured St Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey and occasionally smaller churches and chapels. To encourage leisure travel by Green line coach and country bus services, posters also depicted places of worship outside London. These ranged from St Albans and Waltham Abbey to Jordans Quaker Meeting House in Buckinghamshire.
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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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