Remember the Roaring Twenties, when the future looked like Metropolis and cities were going to become battalions of marching skyscrapers? In these colorful 1920s ads for the London Underground, trains never felt so much like the transport of tomorrow.

When Wet / Travel Underground / It's Drier, by Cecil Dillon McGurk, 1922

Brightest London is best reached by Underground, by Horace Taylor, 1924

(via Now. Here. This.)

Fresh Air in London's Parks, by James Henry Dowd, 1924

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The Film-Lover travels by Underground, by Charles Paine, c. 1925

Summertime Pleasures by Underground, by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1925

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By Underground 30 Minutes From Town To Open Country, by Dora M. Batty, 1925

The Open Gate That Leads From Work To Play, by Frederick C. Herrick, 1925

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The Flea, by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1926

It Is Warmer / Cooler Below, by Charles Frederick Herrick, 1926-1927

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To Keep Pace With Time, A Season Ticket Will Help You, by Frederick C. Herrick, 1927

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No Richer Town Than London, by Frederick C. Herrick, 1927

The Way To Winter Sales, by Reginald P. Gossop, 1927

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The Philosophers say "See Yourself" but we see our neighbors, 1927

The Lure of the Underground, by Alfred Leete, 1927

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Seeing / Touching / Smelling / Hearing the Riches of London, by Frederick C. Herrick, 1927

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(via LBC, Ana_lee and Laboiteverte)

Shop by Underground, but Shop by Underground Between 10 & 4, by Austin Cooper, 1928

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Summer Days and Summer Nights, by Vladimir Polunin, 1930

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Play between 6 and 12 – The bright hours – Go by Underground, by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1931

The West-End is awakening – And once again there is everything for your pleasure, by Ernest Michael Dinkel, 1931

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A Tale of Four Seats, by Cyril Kenneth Bird, 1936

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The photos are from Bonhams and Library of Congress, except when noted otherwise.

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