38 Breathtaking Pictures From The Early Days Of The London Underground
From the Victorian era through to World War Two - featuring tube strikes, carriage redesigns, passenger complaints, ticket machines and air raid shelters.
Circa 1863: The first Metropolitan train on the underground line passing through Praed Street, London.
Chancellor William Ewart Gladstone on an inspection tour of the world's first underground line, 24th May 1862.
Liverpool Street station, circa 1890.
Map and illustrations showing the new Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton underground tube route, linking London stations from Hammersmith to Finsbury Park, 1906.
Hammersmith Broadway, 1910.
The interior of a District Line Underground carriage, 1911.
The ticket hall of Liverpool Street Station, 1912.
The platform of the Central London Railway extension at Liverpool Street Station, 1912.
Interior of an all-steel London underground train, circa 1920.
A man writing on a complaints poster, 1922.
Farringdon Street (Farringdon) Station in March 1924.
The entrance to Blackfriars Underground station, 1924.
Clapham South, 1926.
London tram workers queue up for their pay at the tram subway in Kingsway, High Holborn, 1926.
An underground train being transported on wheels through the streets of London, 1926.
The Mayor of Westminster turns on the escalators at Piccadilly Circus in 1928.
British director Anthony Asquith (1902-1968), right, directing his new film 'Underground' from an escalator on the London underground, May 1928.
Construction work at the ticketing area of the new Piccadilly tube station, 1928.
The Hon Anthony Asquith filming commuters for his film of the underground, 1928.
Platforms are lengthened at Euston Square underground station, 1930.
A passenger takes a ticket from the machine at Piccadilly Circus, 1930.
A traveller buys a London Underground season ticket from a vending machine at Highgate Station, 1932.
Passengers on an escalator, September 1932. The posts were erected to avoided a crush during rush hours.
Leicester Square, 1933.
A group of Sikh men outside the entrance to Hyde Park Corner, circa 1935.
New interiors in 1936: more seating, better lighting and ventilation and a more streamlined shape.
A passenger opening one of the doors on the Hammersmith and City Underground Line, which have been fitted with new buttons for opening and closing doors, 1936.
London's Charing Cross Road with the Hippodrome and Leicester Square station on the left, 1938.
The entrance to Embankment, 1938.
A strike causes huge queues to build up at the bus stops outside Liverpool Street, 1939.
Stockwell station, 1939.
City gents, 1939.
A guard outside a station which has been closed to the public two days after Britain's declaration of war on Germany, 5th September 1939.
People asleep on the platform of Holborn underground station during an air raid, 1940.
People asleep on the platform at Piccadilly Tube Station, London during an air raid, 1940.
People asleep on the escalators at Piccadilly Tube Station, London, during an air raid, 1940.
Bonus: here's the film Anthony Asquith was shooting.
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