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150 years of London Underground

This month in 1863, 150 years ago, saw the opening of the London Underground, the world’s first urban mass transit system.

Londoners are celebrating with mugs, cufflinks, sofas and subterranean steam train rides. In his new book, London Underground By Design, Mark Ovenden celebrates the system’s architecture, textiles, posters, signs, Harry Beck’s seminal map (first published in 1933 and still with us), and of course its typefaces.

Commissioned 100 years ago this year, Edward Johnston’s influential font masterpiece, aptly named P22 Underground, has been in use since 1916, surely this is a record.

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