9 Wonderful Details From A Hundred-Year-Old Map Of The London Underground
100 years ago a designer reimagined the London Underground map, with spectacular results.
A century ago the London Underground was considered dreary and uninviting. In 1913 designer Max Gill was commissioned to brighten up the stations - the Wonderground Map of London Town was born.
The poster map draws inspiration from 16th and 17th century cartography, with added humour and topical jokes. Highlights include a living River Serpentine and a snake winding its way through Hyde Park.
It took Gill seven months to complete the Underground map. In his diary of 9 March 1914 he wrote: "Worked on last of the London map all day - doing colouring till 3am Tuesday - until I completed it. (Began August 1913)".
We've picked out our favourite snippets that prove Gill's poster should be the official tube map.