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.

Celebrating 150 years of the District line

From 28 June

The District line opened as the Metropolitan District Railway in December 1868, operating steam trains on a short section of track between Sloane Square and Westminster. Over the next 30 years ‘the District’ expanded into the western suburbs of London, but it was struggling financially.

The American financier Charles Tyson Yerkes bought the District in 1901 and converted it to electric traction in 1905. London Transport took it over in 1933 and today it forms part of Transport for London. This Poster Parade celebrates the District’s 150th anniversary.

Read more about our District line celebrations.

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

district 20. 2013 10115 Posterkeeping london moving since 1863 trains and colours copy

Keeping London Moving since 1863

Transport for London, 2012

district 1983 4 118 Poster District Railway Opening Of Widened Lines unknown 1911 copy

District Railway

Unknown, 1911

district 1983 4 1458 Poster Crocus Time At Kew Gardens by Ugo Mochi 1923 copy

Crocus time at Kew Gardens

Ugo Mochi, 1923

district 1983 4 1353 Poster To Sudbury Town Or South Harrow by Harold Sandys Williamson see Florian 1922 copy

How long since you saw a sunset in the country?

Harold Sandys Williamson, 1922

district 1983 4 1472 Poster Winters Eclipse Springtime by Albert E Fruin 1922 copy

Winter's eclipse; springtime

Albert E Fruin, 1922

district 1994 1313 Poster District line 125th anniversary by Sebastian Budner 1993 copy

Transport for generations District line 125th anniversary

Sebastian Budner, 1993

district 1999 30189 Poster Right into the Heart of the Country unknown circa 1910 copy

Right into the Heart of the Country

Unknown, circa 1910

district 2001 3615 Poster The District line by Partners 2000

The District Line

Partners, 2000

district 1983 4 1831 Poster Southend on sea by Frank Newbould 1925 copy

Southend-on-seaouthend-on-sea

Walter E Spradbery, 1928


Emigre Poster Designers

29 March – 27 June 2019

During the dark days of the 1930s and 40s, many artists and designers fled Nazi Europe and settled in the UK. The Vice Chairman of London Transport, Frank Pick, commissioned these talented designers to produce distinctive posters for the transport network. Here we celebrate five decades of émigré work, featuring well-known artists such as Hans Schleger (Zero), Hans Unger and László Moholy-Nagy.

This display was part of the ‘Insiders Outsiders Festival’, a nationwide arts festival celebrating the contribution made to British culture by émigré artists.

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Thanks to the Underground, by Zero

Zero (Hans Schleger), 1935

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London's Offer

Lewitt-Him, 1938

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A cheap day return ticket to Southend

Hans Unger, 1956

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Changing of the Guard

Frederic Henri Kay Henrion, 1956

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Tourist Tickets: Big Ben

Hans Unger, 1972

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Lord Ashfield

Hans Unger, 1974

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Tanks - Ministry of Information Exhibition

Frederic Henri Kay Henrion, 1942

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Be map-conscious

Lewitt-Him, 1945

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Evolution of London; 1914 - 1936

Zero (Hans Schleger), 1936

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Country walks were marketed as a healthy antidote to a week spent in an office or factory. This embroidery of a young couple enjoying a picnic was created for a poster to encourage people to get out and about. 

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