Poster; The proud city; St Paul's Cathedral, by Walter E Spradbery, 1944
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1944
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/5766
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Print code : 944 1794 1000
Reproduced in : Taylor, Sheila (ed), 2001. The Moving Metropolis. Laurence King Publishing in association with London's Transport Museum, p248
Publisher : London Transport : 1944
Printer : The Baynard Press
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : THE PROUD CITY A NEW VIEW OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FROM BREAD STREET 'the principal ornament of our royal City, to the Honour of our Government, and of this realm'
Additional information : 'The Proud City' was a series of six posters commissioned by London Transport in 1944. Each poster presented an image of war-ravaged buildings, accompanied by a quotation from a noted British poet or historian. In this poster, Walter E Spradbery depicts St Paul's Cathedral from Bread Street, which had suffered considerable bomb damage. The text beneath is taken from a document of 1673, the year St Paul's was completed. '… the principal ornament of our royal City, to the Honour of our Government, and of this realm'. The combination of this quotation and Spradbery's commanding image was intended to maintain morale among London Transport's passengers and staff. 'The Proud City' series was a celebration of London's survival of the Blitz. The posters appeared all over the City and were also produced in different languages to convey the message internationally.
Title : The proud city; St Paul's Cathedral
Colour : Green,Blue,Green
Printed by : The Baynard Press
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The Underground Group, and later London Transport, produced a wide variety of public information posters during the First (1914-18) and Second (1939-45) World Wars. The majority of wartime posters advised staff and passengers on emergency rules and regulations. Others were more overtly patriotic, often focussing on the valuable war work undertaken by transport employees. Some First World War Underground posters even urged onlookers to enlist with the armed forces. During the Second World War, posters were also used to explain tube 'etiquette' to the vast numbers of war workers and servicemen using the underground for the first time.
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There was a marked difference between 'propaganda' posters produced by the transport companies during the two wars. Those published by the Underground Group in the Great War (1914-18) presented the conflict as an idealised struggle and urged men to enlist. LT's war posters (1939-45) stressed the individual's role in helping the war effort at home, reinforced with examples from history and the Blitz In both cases, the approach taken reflected the wider poster campaigns of the British government
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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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