Posters

Poster; Trains don't stop at St Pancras, by Mick Brownfield, 1980
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1980
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/378
Size : H 1016mm, W 635mm
Print code : 880-2620H-500
Publisher : London Transport : 1980
Descriptive size : Double royal
Content text : Trains don't stop at St Pancras. Off the train. Onto the Tube. These five Tube lines give you direct access to Oxford Circus, Baker Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Knightsbridge, Tower Hill and other central London destinations.
Additional information : Brownfield designed this London Transport poster in 1980. It advertises the connecting Underground lines available at St Pancras station. Passengers coming into London by train would be greeted by posters likes this to encourage them not to end their journey there. The Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle, Piccadilly or Northern lines were all available to travel into the West End or the City. The Underground roundel is shown in the sky as the sun or satellite looking out over the City. This placement suggests the universal nature of the Underground, covering the whole of London. It was used in this way in by Man Ray in 1938, and by Misha Black and John Barker in 1947.
Title : Trains don't stop at St Pancras
Colour : Orange
Agency : Foote, Cone and Belding : 1980
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By 1914 the Underground Group ran most of the Tube lines, three tram systems and the main London bus company, the LGOC. The posters publicise all these transport modes. Outside the Underground Group were the Metropolitan Railway and London County Council (LCC) Tramways, which ran separate poster campaigns. All these companies were merged into London Transport (LT) in 1933. The four main line railway companies also used posters to promote their London suburban services. Transport for London (TfL) replaced LT in 2000 with wider responsibility including taxis, streets, river services and some overground rail.
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The Underground has a long tradition of high quality station architecture, and has consciously promoted its best new environmental design through posters since the 1920s. More than 50 pre-war stations, including many designed by Charles Holden, are now listed buildings. New developments, station modernisation and openings, artistic decorative schemes and special exhibitions at stations such as Charing Cross (Embankment), which had its own display gallery until the 1960s, have all been featured in posters
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Double royal : Double royal has been the standard poster size used by the Underground since 1908. This 40 x 25 inch format has been used almost exclusively by railway companies.
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