London Transport Museum Depot

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We popped along to the London Transport Museum’s wonderful Acton Depot earlier this week with the Wynkyn de Worde Society.

The depot holds the majority of the museum’s collection – over 320,000 items. That includes an incredible poster and original art collection; a continually changing selection of old buses, trams, and underground trains; as well as a jaw-dropping range of old signs. It’s a type-lover’s paradise.

Here are just a few shots from our day out.

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Up on the mezzanine level is row after row of old signs:

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Here’s a pre-Johnston roundel from Westminster underground station:

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The old enamel signs were manufactured by the Chromographic Enamel Company of Wolverhampton:

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The poster collection is held in a room decorated with some of the very best posters from across the years:

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Here’s another bit of pre-Johnston loveliness from a poster by Tony Sarg in 1913:

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And poster designer C.W.Bacon’s short-lived symbol for the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933:

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And look at this wonderful UND ligature from this 1925 poster by Frederick Charles Herrick.

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The depot is a real treasure trove. They have regular open-weekends and guided tours – get along if you can.