Some building works at Notting Hill Gate tube station in London have uncovered a long disused passageway that was sealed off in the late 1950s when escalators were installed to replace the old lifts. This accidental discovery turns out to be a magical time capsule – it’s lined with dozens of beautiful advertising posters dating from 1956 to 1959.
The posters are off-limits but you can see them in this wonderful image set on Flickr. It’s such a pity this kind of illustration has almost totally vanished from advertising today.
I noticed that one of the posters is by the British artist Daphne Padden. I’ve got a couple of old ship menus featuring her designs… like this one.