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 selection of old signs. It’s a type-lover’s paradise.
Here are just a few shots from our day out.
Up on the mezzanine level is row after row of old signs:
Here’s a pre-Johnston roundel from Westminster underground station:
The old enamel signs were manufactured by the Chromographic Enamel Company of Wolverhampton:
The poster collection is held in a room decorated with some of the very best posters from across the years:
Here’s another bit of pre-Johnston loveliness from a poster by Tony Sarg in 1913:
And poster designer C.W.Bacon’s short-lived symbol for the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933:
And look at this wonderful UND ligature from this 1925 poster by Frederick Charles Herrick.