The Hidden Posters of Notting Hill Gate

Workers on the renovation of London Underground's Notting Hill Gate Station were recently surprised (flabbergasted in fact) to discover a long abandoned passageway with all the original advertising posters from the 1950s still intact.

In around 1959 Notting Hill Tube Station underwent modernisation. The old lifts were abandoned and new escalators were installed. The passageways to the lift were sealed off. Recent work at the station has rediscovered these passageways and when they were opened they revealed a marvellous time capsule. The adverts which were on the walls the day the passageways were sealed off remained and reveal a world long since disappeared.


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They are a nice find and I do like them but the thing that I find most striking is that I find them not revealing "a world long since disappeared" but revealing how the little things have actually changed.

Excursions are still advertised by various coach and river cruise services, theatres still promote the latest shows, and cinemas promote their films. You will still see toothpaste or other posters for various health products. You will still see ads for car rentals (didn't know they had them then to be fair) and small ads publishers still promote themselves with Gumtree being the current flavour. The Ideal Home Exhibition is still running and it's still at the Olympia and you will still see the Science Museum telling us about their latest exhibition.
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