Poster; Admission of shelterers, 1941
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1941
Collection : Posters
Object location : Covent Garden
Reference number : 1985/7
Size : H 760mm, W 510mm
Print code : 941.3332GX.500
Publisher : London Transport : 1941
Printer : The Baynard Press : 1941
Mode : Tube
Descriptive size : Double crown
Content text : Shelter in Underground Stations Admission of Shelterers Shelterers will not be admitted to this station until 6.30 p.m. , except when an alert is sounded between 4 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. At 6.15 a.m. shelterers must withdraw to the line 4ft. from the wall, and leave the station entirely by 7 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. Sundays. Latrines will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Shelter Tickets - All shelterers must have either 1, A PERIOD RESERVATION TICKET Issued by the Local Authority in whose area the station is situated. Entitles the holder to reserved accommodation for shelter each night 2, A CASUAL SHELTER TICKET. Issued at the Ticket Office during an alert, subject to accommodation being available. ....Neither of these tickets is available for travel by train. Both are issued subject to the conditions printed on them.
Additional information : This poster was issued by London Transport in 1941. It outlines the system for admission to Underground stations for shelter during the Second World War. Allocated space was reserved on the platforms for local shelterers, who could obtain permits from their local authority. 'Casual' shelter tickets could be bought from the ticket office, but were subject to availability.
Title : Admission of shelterers
Colour : Yellow
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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The deep tubes were first used as air raid shelters in the First World War. The posters shown here are all from the Second World War. They include instructions on how to reserve a space, rules of behaviour, and details of refreshments provided by LT. The 'cockney crossword' poster provides answers to a puzzle issued to shelterers on the back of an earlier safety leaflet
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Double crown : Double crown is the descriptive size for posters that are 30 x 20 inches. This is slightly smaller than the standard double royal size, which is the most commonly used by the Underground. Double crown posters were originally displayed on the front panel of buses and the side panels of trams.
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