Posters

Poster; Passengers are requested to keep the blinds drawn at night, January 1915
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1915
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 2003/24294
Size : H 170mm, W 228mm
Publisher : London Electric Railway Company : 1915
Mode : Sub-surface railways
Descriptive size : Panel poster
Content text : During the present crisis Passengers are requested to keep the blinds drawn at night East of Bow Road and West of Gloucester Road
Additional information : During the First World War, transport was an obvious target for enemy aircraft. It was thought that bombers could use tram and train lines for navigation, as both produced sparks and flashes that were visible at night. This poster was issued by the Underground in 1915. It advised passengers to keep their blinds drawn at night to limit their visibility to the enemy. This notice refers to the open air sections of the District line between Bow Road and Gloucester Road.
Title : Passengers are requested to keep the blinds drawn at night
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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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First World War posters often carried a direct propaganda message. Before conscription was introduced (1916), the Underground published recruitment posters urging men to volunteer. Another series, depicting rural England, was commissioned to send to British troops overseas as a reminder of what they were fighting for. Back home, posters advised Londoners of wartime regulations and what to do in the event of an aerial attack. Some posters continued to advertise day trips, until fuel shortages put an end to non-essential travel.
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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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Wartime conditions called for new posters advising passengers on changes to the transport system. Hans Schleger ('Zero'), James Fitton and David Langdon produced designs during the Second World War concerning the blackout, air raids and anti-blast window netting on buses and tubes. Other regulations related to the threat of gas attack and the use of public transport to evacuate children and others from the city.
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Panel poster : Panel posters were produced for display in Underground car interiors, as well as on the inside and outside of buses and trams. Because they did not have to fit a standard frame or wall space, they are smaller than other poster formats and vary slightly in size.
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