The underground always had some advertising, but now, trying to cram it into every available space just looks cheap, grasping, and tawdry.
Charing Cross (now Embankment), 1894
St. John's Wood (Metropolitan line), 1921
Images from the LT Museum.
Thanks Chris - thats fascinating. For me, it is also what is advertised. These picture show nice things like typewriters, soap and bovril! Sort of essential items. The things advertised in 2017 are less essential and sometimes sexualised or promoting people getting into debt.
* also the advertising promotes local shops, not multi-national organisations like Apple. It would be nice if local stations could advertise local shops. Although the revenue from a multi-national is probably far greater than an independent local shop, who probably can't afford to advertise on the underground.
One type of advertising that I haven't heard on the underground is audio adverts over the PA system - apart from advertising for the Emirates Air Line played at Waterloo yesterday (as I was walking away from the suspended jubilee line).