Posters

Poster; Tanks - Ministry of Information Exhibition at Charing Cross underground station, by Frederic Henri Kay Henrion, 1942
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1942
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/5510
Size : H 762mm, W 508mm
Print code : 51-2181
Publisher : London Transport : 1942
Printer : Greycaines
Descriptive size : Double crown
Content text : Charing Cross Underground Stn. January 29th - February 19th...
Title : Tanks; Ministry of Information exhibition
Printed by : Greycaines
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Record 83% complete
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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A wide variety of exhibitions in London have been promoted by posters. They range from large annual events, such as the Motor Show at Olympia, to cattle and dairy shows at Royal Agricultural Hall. Exhibitions have also been held in Underground stations. From the late 1920s to the mid 1960s, a variety of exhibitions were held in the booking hall at Charing Cross (now Embankment). Since 2000, Platform for Art has also exhibited work at stations, particularly on their designated platform at Gloucester Road.
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Double crown : Double crown is the descriptive size for posters that are 30 x 20 inches. This is slightly smaller than the standard double royal size, which is the most commonly used by the Underground. Double crown posters were originally displayed on the front panel of buses and the side panels of trams.
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