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Poster; Kew Gardens, by Mary M Kessell, 1964
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1964
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/7491
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Print code : 264/310M/2700
Publisher : London Transport : 1964
Printer : Gilbert Whitehead and Company Ltd : 1964
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : How is your euphorbia? Does your impatiens ever get out of hand? Is your fleabane up to scratch? An hour or two in Kew in the blaze of the summer blossom will put you right. Outside, under trees and birdsong, or inside, under their acres of glass, the Royal Botanic Gardens provide inspiration for the expert, pleasure for the least knowledgeable lover of flowers. Open 10 - 8 (or sunset if earlier) 3d. Houses 1 - 4.50 (5.50 on Sundays). Museums 10 - 4.50 (5.50 on Sundays) Underground to Kew Gardens
Title : Kew Gardens
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Londoners are very fortunate in having a large number of green open spaces, where they can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Many of these were the former grounds of large houses or royal parks, whilst others were specially created as London expanded. The River Thames also offers Londoners a variety of day trips. Further outdoor attractions include London's public sculpture and historic sites like Highgate Cemetery. All these open air destinations have been promoted by London Transport posters.
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London's gardens have been extremely well promoted on posters for the Underground. The subject lends itself perfectly to bright, vibrant and eye-catching design. Many posters simply publicised the seasonal bloom, particularly bluebells, crocuses and daffodils. Others advertised travel to specific locations, such as Kensington Gardens. The world famous botanical collection at Kew Gardens has appeared on more Underground posters than almost any other subject. The gardens at Hampton Court were also promoted as an excursion from London by tram.
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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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