Art for all : British posters for transport
Posted May 26, 2010 2:56 pm by Julie Black
(Phot credit: Yale University Press)
The British Transport system may not immediately strike you as a pioneer of great art work but “Art for all : British posters for transport” could just make you reconsider.
This beautifully illustrated book features marketing posters displayed by the London underground and bus system from 1908 to the 1970s. It also contains works used in the campaigns of the main British rail lines at this time.
The book examines the posters from a variety of perspectives exploring printing techniques, methods of display and also how these art works give us an understanding of national and civic identity in Britain.
Interestingly, there is also a chapter exploring gender equality in poster design. This examines the high proportion of women employed for this purpose by the underground, which was unusual for this time.
If you wish see the actual posters themselves you might be interested to know that an exhibition of the same title is taking place at the Yale Center of British Art (New Haven, Connecticut) and runs from 27th May – 15th August.
You can find details of Art for all on our catalogue