c1959 posters as found in disused area of Notting Hill Gate tube station, London, 2010

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    Work at the station has recently uncovered these amazing advertising posters in non-public areas and that date from c1956 - 1959 when the station's lifts were removed and replaced by escalators. These are in an old lift passageway.

    This shows several of the posters - and the original Central London Railway tiled walls from 1900.

    We will be leaving these intact - and please do not pester the station staff as the posters are wholly inaccessible - which is why they've probably survived 50 odd years!

    The photos were taken officially - please do credit London Underground in any links.

    JJ San, sshingler, memake, and 68 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. JJ San 47 months ago | reply

      Quite a time capsule! Thanks for sharing.

    2. andygreves [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Amazing set this - thanks so much for sharing this.

    3. Mike Cuthell 47 months ago | reply

      Wow that is fantastic! I'm always fascinated by disused Underground / Abandoned parts of London... plus it meets Advertising (which is my job) bonus.

    4. Big Friendly Giant 47 months ago | reply

      a truly genuine lost treasure of graphic design, love it! thank you for sharing :)

    5. Katiefoolery 47 months ago | reply

      What an exciting discovery! It must be literally like taking a step back in time.

    6. zadcat 47 months ago | reply

      Whoa. Pure Quatermass and the Pit.

    7. ewpb 47 months ago | reply

      Wonderful! Thank you.

    8. (Mick Baker)rooster 47 months ago | reply

      Great piece of history.

    9. Leica-virgin 47 months ago | reply

      Love this set. It's like an extreme version of the Oxford St station renovation where they peeled back posters to the 80's and 90's. Mad at myself I didn't get photos.

    10. Fritiof Eriksson 47 months ago | reply

      This is cool, no this is art!

    11. KWSeatman 46 months ago | reply

      Amazing. Makes you wonder if there are any more places like this, just waiting to be found.

    12. andygoestohollywood 45 months ago | reply

      Wow, I wonder how much the advertisers now owe the station for having them up all this time! They should charge them

    13. ianxn 42 months ago | reply

      When something like this is found, even though it's in an area that looks like nobody will ever rush to enter again, does it get labelled "do not touch or destroy" alongside or at the entrance to that area, just in case some workman that doesn't know what it is decides to drill some holes right there for new cables or something?

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