Poster Parade

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The Poster Parade celebrates London Transport's most iconic poster designs and designers. Based on a new theme every 3 months, the display features a selection from London Transport Museum’s collection of over 5,000 posters that cover over 100 years of graphic art.

The Poster Parade celebrates prominent anniversaries, events and current topics in London today. Our poster collection can be explored on our online collections site and reproductions of some of these poster designs are available on the Museum’s online shop.


London's tramways

27 September - 28 November

The first horse trams in London were introduced in the 1860s, operated by private companies. Although banned from operating in the City and West End an extensive tram network developed across the rest of the city.

The arrival of the electric tram in the early 1900s brought cheap transport to the masses and by the 1930s London had the largest tram system in the world. Trolleybuses took over from the trams and both were replaced by the motor bus by 1952. Trams were re-introduced in south London in 2000.  

Our latest poster parade explores posters from the history of the tram. See a preview of the parade below, and some additional posters you won't find in the Museum!

Two rugby players above text reading Rugby at Twickenham by tram

Rugby at Twickenham

Laura Knight, 1921

A red and cream poster with a large arrow reading Kings Way Tram Way Sub Way

For Tram Travel North to South

Ralph and Mott, 1933

A night-time scene showing trams crossing a bridge over the Thames

London's Tramways

Unknown, circa 1929

An illustrated night-time scene with a tram running through brightly painted pavements and buildings

Theatreland

Frederick William Charles (John) Farleigh, 1923

A woman boarding a tram while a conductor signals, with text reading Thank you Mr. MOTORIST

Thank you Mr Motorist

J S Anderson, 1933

An illustration of a red bridge over a river surrounded by green trees reading THE COLNE RIVER AT UXBRIDGE BY TRAM

The Colne River at Uxbridge by tram

Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1924

A compilation of images of trams and tram staff reading RECORD OF SERVICE

Record of Service - Tramways

Maurice Beck, 1932

An infographic showing how many car miles were replaced by London's transport

Car Miles... London Transport Carries On

James Fitton, 1945

An illustration of a tram overlaid with a red stripe like a ticket with the words Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

Tim Demuth, 1977


Festive Fun

29 November 2019 to 10 January 2020

 As the nights draw in and frost sparkles in the cold morning air, our thoughts turn to Christmas. The posters on display invite you to embrace the festive season, whether by going ice-skating, taking a winter walk or shopping for presents. They have a practical purpose too, encouraging passengers to travel off-peak or reminding us that it’s quicker, easier and warmer to travel by bus or Underground.

 See a preview of the parade below, and some additional posters you won’t find in the Museum!

1983 4 1249

Xmas gifts travel by Underground to the shops

F Gregory Brown, 1921

1983 4 4601

Christmas, Boy

Tom Eckersley and Eric Lombers, 1936

1983 4 6598

London Transport Wishes You A Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

Hans Unger, 1952

1983 4 2578 M

Winter scene; skating

Charles Pears, 1928

5. 1996 8375

That's the Christmas shopping wrapped up

Unknown, 1995

1983 4 1418 M

The Source Of London's Merry Christmas

Frederick Charles Herrick, 1922

1983 4 1573

Do your Christmas shopping

Austin Cooper, 1923

2. 1983 4 9316

Merry Christmas

Frederick Charles Herrick, 1927

2000 4461

Twinkle twinkle little star

Mick Brownfield, 1980

Explore Christmas posters on our Arts & Culture story

See more Christmas posters from our collection

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