The London Underground and its 100th Anniversary.

Art & Design

London_underground_100th_anniversar Brightest London is Best Reached by Underground, by Horace Taylor, 1924. Published by Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd, 1924. Printed by Dangerfield Printing Company Ltd.

In art, nothing does it for me like the poster, especially the mid century poster, and the London Underground’s 100th Anniversary helps to satiate the need for the period  by doing a retrospective of the original posters commissioned by London Transports Frank Pick who as chief of staff for the London Underground made it his mission to create a masterpiece of underground design to alert all potential commuters of the "romance" of traveling by underground.  Now on view at London’s Museum of Transport and for a quick tour of some of the finest artists and graphic design posters of the 20th century go online here or for the entire collection view online at the London Transport Museum’s website.

No_need_to_ask_a_pliceman No Need to Ask a P’liceman, by John Hassall, 1908. Published by Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd, 1908. Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd.

1950s6581_2 circa 1950, London’s Roundel, the symbol created for London’s Underground corporate logo that came to be assoicated with much of the city of London was designed by Edward Johnston, a brilliant artist and calligrapher and is a study in typography.

See a century of the Underground Logo, here.

To celebrate the centennial of London’s Transport system, 100 new pieces of art have been commissioned by London’s Transport.  Also on view, and for sale, at The London Transport Museum’s website.

From the Guardian and the Daily Heller.

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1 Comment

  1. porter

    Oct 28, 2008 at 6:01 am

    I’m totally obsessed with signage and there’s nothing that really beats this. What a great way to celebrate it’s 100th year!

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