Name that character

Opening later this week at the London Transport Museum, Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs picks 150 of the finest posters designed for the tube. So, for a little pre-show fun, we want to know how many advertising characters can you spot in the poster above?

Opening later this week at the London Transport Museum, Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs picks 150 of the finest posters designed for the tube. So, for a little pre-show fun, we want to know how many advertising characters can you spot in the poster above?

Poster Art 150 opens on Friday February 15 (full preview to come). Eight experts selected posters from throughout the tube’s 150 years for the show, including this one, by Frederick Charles Herrick, from 1920. During the first world war, there had been restrictions on advertising on the tube network. In 1920, the Undergound relaunched its advertising campaign while events such as this White City exhibition were aimed at encouraging advertisers back into print.

In the poster, a host of popular advertising characters of the day assemble on a tube platform ready to travel to the show – but how many do you recognise?

There’s the Johnnie Walker Striding Man, for starters, and Bibendum, of course, but what about the others?

Let us know in the comments below – we’re really struggling with the blocky, yellow guy (lady?) in the background, right…

 

Image courtesy London Transport Museum Collection.

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs is at the London TRansport Museum, Covent Garden, London WC2 from February 15 until October. Visitors can vote for their favourite poster in the Siemens Poster Vote, details here

 

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