Poster; Back room boys, they also serve; cable maintenance, by Fred Taylor, 1942
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1942
Collection : Posters
Reference number : 1983/4/5573
H 622mm, W 508mm
Print code :
Reproduced in :
Taylor, Sheila (ed), 2001. The Moving Metropolis. Laurence King Publishing in association with London's Transport Museum, p262
London Transport : 1942
The Baynard Press
Tube, Sub-surface railways
Content text :
'BACK ROOM BOYS' CABLE MAINTENANCE 'THEY ALSO SERVE'
Additional information :
'Back Room Boys' was a series of posters commissioned by London Transport to boost morale among passengers and staff during the Second World War. Each poster depicts London Transport staff at work behind the scenes. Many wartime workers were women, lending the title a certain irony.
The layout, with a central image framed by an illustrated border, is reminiscent of a First World War poster series by Archibald Standish Hartrick. The central image of this poster was based on a photo taken in 1942. It depicts Mrs Ward, a circuit installer's mate, who worked in the signal engineer's department. She is assisting a male colleague with trackside cabling on the Underground near Uxbridge.
Back room boys, they also serve; cable maintenance