London’s underground train system might be one of the first in the world, and it is still functional and one of the best in the world. It is used by millions of people every day, but initially not many people liked to use it.
Perhaps the idea of travelling underground was claustrophobic to the Londoners of early 20th century. In order to entice the passengers to use the Tube, the authoriti8es decided to get artists to paint posters with witty images that would encourage people to not only think, but also use the Underground Tube.
Now, you could take a look at these witty posters at an exhibition called “Art for All: British Posters for Transport,”. The exhibition is held at the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven. The Go To Kew poster encouraged people to travel and explore places outside London.
Londoners usually asked policemen if they did not know the way, and thus the no Need to Ask a P’liceman was a witty way of suggesting that one would never get lost in the labyrinths of London’s alleys, for the Tube would take you to the right place.
The Film-lover travels is an interesting poster too which told the passengers that they would be taken to Strand, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus, and Piccadilly.
The last one that I liked the best was The Tower of London by Hans Unger which shows Lady Jane Grey in the tower. She was a queen for 9 days and was later executed in the Tower in 1554. It comes with the “cut here” where it is cut, eventually beheading Jane Grey.