Underground; Hampton Court, by Thomas Robert Way, 1910
- Published by Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd, 1910
- Printed by T R Way and Company Ltd, 1910
- Format: Panel poster
- Dimensions: Width: 216mm, Height: 508mm
- Reference number: 1983/4/8117
From its first pictorial poster in 1908, the Underground and then London Transport have promoted sightseeing in the capital. Posters encouraged visitors and Londoners alike to either take a conducted tour or to explore the city themselves. Well known landmarks such as Nelson's Column and Buckingham Palace featured the most frequently, although lesser known places of interest were also publicised. Many posters focused on a specific sight, others simply encouraged visitors to 'See London by coach' or 'See London in summer'. Green line coach and country bus services allowed sightseeing to extend beyond the city.
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Royal buildings & palaces
The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace were the most popular royal buildings to appear on sightseeing posters. However, lesser known sights such as St James's Palace and Kensington Palace also featured. Travel to royal buildings just outside London, in particular Windsor Castle and Hampton Court, was also promoted by coach, bus or tram.
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The range of entertainment on offer in London provided countless vibrant and enticing subjects for transport posters. Rather than advertising specific venues or events, posters usually promoted general activities such as shopping or going to the theatre. Many aimed to encourage travel to the city in the evenings and at weekends. Others encouraged regular commuters to stay in the city after work, rather than travelling home at rush hour. In the 1930s, posters were also issued with listings of specific events scheduled for that week.
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Theatre & cinema
London's West End was often promoted by the Underground for its numerous theatres and cinemas. Posters encouraged passengers to travel there in the evenings and weekends. Others encouraged commuters to watch a film or see a show after work, rather than travelling home at rush hour. Theatres on the outskirts of London, such as Kingston and Hammersmith, were also occasionally advertised. At Christmas, London Transport issued posters specifically to promote seasonal pantomimes. These were particularly popular in the 1950s.
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