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.


4 responses to “Posters

  1. I love the fact that they’ll be preserved the way they are!

  2. apubliclibrarian

    how do you discover stuff like is totally amazing..I love hearing about lost & recovered gems from the past

  3. strawberriesofintegrity

    How wonderful…they do remind me of the Canberra/Orsova menus…Must, must, must get those scrapbooks from my mum and dads!

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