Trust the London Transport Museum to pull out all the stops to celebrate the Tube’s big 150. They’ve delved into their archive of 3,300 Underground posters (I’d love to be let loose in there to snoop around!) and got a panel of experts to pull out their 150 from each decade since the 1880s, including many big name artists like Man Ray, Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer (below).
You’ll recognise lots of the iconic posters on display but there will be plenty to baffle, delight and intrigue even the heartiest of Tube buff. To make it more managble, the posters have been split up into themes including ‘Brightest London’ (nights out and sporting events), ‘Finding your way’ (maps, etiquette and reassuring messages), ‘Love your city’ (the best of the capital’s landmarks’ and ‘Keeps London going’ (developments, technology, improvements etc).
These posters aren’t merely a celebration of our treasured Underground system, but a tribute to all the things that makes this city and its inhabitants so great: culture, diversity, reliability, technology, fun, beauty, speed and excitement. Sonya Barber
They’re asking for everyone to vote for their favourite. I found it too hard to choose so some of my faves are below. You’ll just have to go along to judge for yourself.