The London Underground, also known as the Tube or the Underground the world’s first underground railway,has obviously undergone quite a few changes over the years since opening 150 years ago, and the same can be said about it’s logo, which is probably it’s most famous aspect.
The Metropolitan Railway which opened in 1863 and now forms part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, and also the first line to operate underground electric traction trains, the City & South London Railway in 1890, now part of the Northern line.
The schematic Tube map, designed by Harry Beck in 1931, was voted a national design icon in 2006 and now includes other lines – the Docklands Light Railway and London Overground – as well as the non-rail Emirates Air Line. London Underground is celebrating 150 years of operations in 2013, with various events to mark the milestone.
1933: Bus stop flag
1938: “Keeps London Going”
1947: “London Transport At London’s Service”
1950: Post-war leaflet about London Transport
For some more on logo changing, or in this case packaging changes, take a look at 100 Years of Oreo Packaging.