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And the greatest London Underground poster ever is…

Posted at 5:30 pm, January 14, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Transport
Brightest London ©Horace Taylor

The people have spoken! After an 11-month exhibition and a whopping 42,000 votes, Horace Taylor’s ‘Brightest London is best reached by Underground’ has been announced as the greatest London Underground poster of all time. Quite an accolade.

 

London Zoo, Abram Games, 1976 © Estate of Abram Games

The London Transport Museum’s excellent exhibition ‘Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs’, which closed last week, featured posters from the last 100 years. Runners up were ‘London Zoo’ by Abram Games, 1976 (above) and ‘Underground – the way for all ’by Alfred France, 1911 (below), but they were no match for Horace, who won with 1,752 votes.

Underground – the way for all, Alfred France, 1911

Unlike the dirty grey tunnels with which we are so familiar, his 1924 design presents the Underground as a smart, fashionable explosion of bold colour (impressive imagination!). We love that Horace even painted himself into the poster – he’s the dashing bearded fellow in the top hat on the middle escalator. Nice one, Horace.

For more info, take a look at the London Transport Museum’s blog.

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