Posters

Poster; Greenwich, by Warren Kenton, 1962
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1962
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/7382
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Print code : 1262/484M/2700
Publisher : London Transport : 1962
Printer : Leonard Ripley & Company Ltd : 1962
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : Greenwich was early in the space business. Flamsteed House was built by Wren for the first Astronomer Royal and is now part of the National Maritime Museum. Stand in the delightful Octagon Room where great astronomers have explored the Universe, and peer at St. Paul's through the London haze. Admire Herschel's giant 20-foot reflecting telescope, and, outside in the courtyard, stand astride the Greenwich Meridian with literally a foot in each hemisphere. Open free, Mondays to Saturdays 10 - 6, Sundays 2.30 - 6...
Title : Greenwich
Colour : Light Blue,Grey,Purple
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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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Many sightseeing destinations in London have been promoted for their historic or literary associations. Posters depicted famous figures connected with towns or buildings as a way of encouraging passengers to visit them. These ranged from former Kings and Queens being used to promote associated royal palaces, to the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin being used to encourage travel to Hounslow Heath.
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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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