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[Poster map of the Underground with the Victoria Line under construction]

image of London Transport. UndergrounD.


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HUTCHINSON, Harold F.
London Transport. UndergrounD. London: Waterlow & Sons, 1962. Colour-printed map, sheet 1005 x 1260mm. Victoria Line added by manuscript; errata slip over some station names in index.
A poster map of the London Tube network designed by the man who usurped Henry C. Beck's lead role. His main design changes were the replacement of Beck's curves with angles (with brutal 90º corners on the Central, Circle and District Lines) and the strict uppercase with upper-and-lower case on the stations other than main interchanges. Hutchinson's design was criticised for compacting the network at the east end of the Circle Line, so much so that Aldgate's name has to be split by two lines. In 1964 Hutchinson was dropped for another designer, Paul E. Garbutt, who restored Beck's curves. On the back of the map is the library label of the Ulster Transport Authority, Furniture Department. It seems that a member of their staff added the Victoria Line, which was shown 'Under Construction' on Hutchinson's map the year after this example was published.
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