So how's this for a waste of public money and a clue to why tube fairs are so bloomin' expensive -
We've just bought all (and I mean ALL) of the old 'No Smoking' signs from all the tube stations in London.
The reason they're selling them? Because apparently they're not worded in line with the new anti-smoking regulations which come into force on July 1st 2007 - that must be displayed at all entrances. Isn't a pictoral sign that works in all languages better?
So anyway, we've got all the old ones which are rather charming, as they look a bit worn and are made from tin with vitreous enamel printing on them - rather than the horrid plastic ones which will doubtless have replaced them.
P.S. Here's one in situ, to view sign click here
(this particular sign is available to buy and will go to the lucky 1433rd customer to order online). Thanks to Dave from funkypancake (an eye for the mundane). You have got to wonder whether the irony was lost on whoever put up this particular sign.
P.P.S Distinctively written in he most influential typeface of the early twentieth century, Johnston's Railway Type,
the typeface was originally commissioned in 1916 by Frank Pick for London Underground Railway and to this day is still used on all official signage.
P.P.P.S. If you've got any great photos of the Tube you might like to help out here
P.P.P.P.S. Talking of things abandoned by London Underground, here's an interesting diversion dedicated to Lost Tube Stations.
P.P.oh for goodness sake....O.K. we promise this the last link away from this page.