Posters

Poster; Tube refreshments, unknown, 1940
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1940
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1995/267
Size : H 762mm, W 508mm
Print code : 1140. 6505G. 150.
Publisher : London Transport : 1940
Printer : Waterlow & Sons Ltd : 1940
Descriptive size : Double crown
Content text : TUBE REFRESHMENTS The equipment required for this service of refreshments has been provided through the generosity of those who have subscribed to the Fund opened by the Lord Mayor of London (Sir William Coxon) for the relief of air raid distress.
Title : Tube refreshments
Printed by : Waterlow & Sons Ltd
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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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