Posters

Poster; The London Transport Collection, by Tom Eckersley, 1975
Graphic poster using coloured geometric shapes to form the shape of a steam train. The poster is advertising the London transport collection at Syon Park
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1975
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/8025
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Associated company :
  • London Transport
Associated person : Tom Eckersley
Reproduced in : Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs p.85
Publisher : London Transport : 1975
Printer : Walter Brian Ltd : 1975
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : London Transport Collection The London Transport collection of historic vehicles : buses, trams, trolleybuses, locomotives, rolling stock, posters, signs...
Additional information : This poster was designed by Tom Eckersley to promote the London Transport Collection. This collection of historic vehicles, posters, signs, tickets and ephemera was displayed at Syon Park in Brentford. It is now all part of the London's Transport Museum collection.
Title : The London Transport Collection
Colour : Black,Red
Printed by : Walter Brian Ltd
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The range of entertainment on offer in London provided countless vibrant and enticing subjects for transport posters. Rather than advertising specific venues or events, posters usually promoted general activities such as shopping or going to the theatre. Many aimed to encourage travel to the city in the evenings and at weekends. Others encouraged regular commuters to stay in the city after work, rather than travelling home at rush hour. In the 1930s, posters were also issued with listings of specific events scheduled for that week.
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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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