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Poster; Simply open house by Tube and bus, by Nick Hebditch, 2001
Simple name : Poster
Date : 2001
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 2001/17147
Size : H 760mm, W 505mm
Publisher : Transport for London : 2001
Content text : Simply Open House by Tube and bus Artwork commissioned by Transport for London from Nick Hebditch. This poster is available to purchase from London's Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza.
Title : Simply open house
Colour : Blue,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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A historic city such as London has many important buildings and monuments. The iconic image of the Houses of Parliament or Nelson's Column often appeared in London Transport posters. Some encouraged travel to those specific landmarks, others were to promote conducted tours. Lesser known buildings and monuments in and around London were also publicised. As well as traditional buildings and monuments of historic significance, new architectural developments in London have also been celebrated in posters.
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