Monday, June 14, 2010

Fifty-Year-Old Discovery of Amazing Vintage Ads in London Subway.

Amazing what can be discovered. I am big fan of Vintage ads and when this post came to my attention thanks to one of my students Cindy Romero I jumped to learn more.

Back in the 1950s, old style lifts were removed in the "Notting Hill" tube station in favor of more modern escalators. When the renovation was completed the workers sealed off the original area as is. We can be thankful for that. This discovery is a million times better then Al Capone's vault in Chicago.

Work at the station has recently uncovered these amazing advertising posters in non-public areas and that date from circa 1956 - 1959. These are in an old lift passageway.

This shows several of the posters - and the original Central London Railway tiled walls from 1900.
They will be leaving these intact and the posters are wholly inaccessible - which is why they've probably survived 50 odd years!

The photos were taken officially - by photographer Mike Yasworth and his site requests to please credit the London Underground in any links.

Recent work at the station revealed these posters in the old lift passageway.

Thanks to for the information posted on

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