This is terrible I know, but there is a reason.
I pass this sign almost every day, it’s in Victoria Underground station, and I love it. Every time I pass it I keep thinking I should take a picture. But quite understandably, pointing your camera at things in underground stations doesn’t get a favourable response. So last night I finally decided I would go and ask and I was directed to the Station Manager’s office – “That little brown door mate” – and buzzed in.
Station Manager: “Yes sir?”
Me: “Errrr I’ve got an odd request, you know that old tube sign round the front. Would I by any chance be able to take a picture off it. I pass it everyday and I know one day it’ll disappear and I’ll regret not asking.”
Station Manager: “Yeah, that old thing. That’s been there for ages. Great isn’t it? God knows how old it is. Of course you can take a picture, no flash mind.”
Me: “Oh cool. I thought you’d say no.”
Station Manager: “No it’s ok. No flash mind.”
Me: “Yes boss.”
Then as I strolled back to it I heard crackle into life, the radio of the first guy I’d asked…
“There’s a bloke wants to take a picture of that sign near you. Just let him. No flash mind!”
So here it is. No flash, not that it would have helped. Appalling barrel distortion. Crappy lighting. Untouched colours.
I love it.
Update: The font on this sign was designed by Edward Johnston and Richard Kegler in 1916.