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Conducted coach tours, bus excursions, circular bus tours

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (artist)
    Baynard Press (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends of the V&A by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1027-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR8

Physical description

Travel poster advertising London Transport bus and coach tours. The image depicts a hand-turned picture-viewer, with photographs of London landmarks. The viewing area is shaped like a bus and coloured green. Below the wheel, attached to the stand, are the London Transport symbol, and three signs. The upper one is green with white lettering, announcing 'Conducted Coach Tours'. Below this, printed in red on a yellow background are the words 'Bus Excursions', and the bottom sign which is white on red, reads 'Circular Bus Tours'. The names of various London landmarks and other local places of interest are printed around the edge of the poster.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1950s (made)

Artist/maker

Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (artist)
Baynard Press (printers)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'CONDUCTED COACH TOURS / BUS EXCURSIONS / CIRCULAR BUS TOURS'
Below main image, on three signs. The first line is printed white on green, the second red on yellow, the third white on red. The text is presented in a circus or playbill typeface

'APPLY FOR LEAFLETS TO THE PRIVATE HIRE OFFICE, 55 BROADWAY, WESTMINSTER, S.W.1. ABBEY 1234'
Below main image, printed in green

'WESTMINSTER ABBEY . TOWER OF LONDON . WINDSOR CASTLE . RICHMOND . BUCKINGHAM PALACE / SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL . HAMPTON COURT . ST. ALBANS ABBEY . NEWLANDS VORNER . WHIPSNADE . RUNNYMEDE . LONDON DOCKS . GREENWICH PARK '
Printed around edge of poster, from upper left to lower right, clockwise

'TOWER BRIDGE . HATFIELD HOUSE . CHILTERN HILLS . BATTERSEA PLEASURE GARDENS . LONDON AIRPORTS . KENSINGTON PALACE . ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL . / VIRGINIA WATER . CLANDON PARK . SURREY HILLS . ETON . SEVENOAKS . NORTH DOWNS .'
Printed around edge of poster, from upper left to lower right, anti-clockwise

'A. GAMES'
Artist's signature, printed in red, upper left corner

'3/52 - 570 H - 2000'
Black print, lower left corner

'THE BAYNARD PRESS'
Black print, lower right corner

Dimensions

Height: 101.5 cm, Width: 63.4 cm

Descriptive line

Travel poster advertising London Transport bus and coach tours, designed by Abram Games, UK, 1950s

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Mutoscopes; Castles; Buses; Tourism; Cityscapes; Photographs; Travel; Landmarks

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Entertainment & Leisure; Transport; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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