Bus Passengers, 1929


The ’buses run to Islington,
To Highgate and Soho,
To Hammersmith and Kew therewith
And Camberwell also,
But I can only murmur “ ’Bus”
From Shepherd’s Bush to Bow.     Kipling

This is the twenty-second square of my London Faces Patchwork. It is a patchwork of papers gleaned from the pavements of the city in which I live. There are twenty-five squares making up the whole piece. You can see it here.

This poster was designed before London Transport took over the bus companies. At that time there were still open-topped buses in daily service. Here are some buses in action in 1927.

Ride General And Ride Well, 1929, by James Henry Dowd (1884 – 1956).

The square was taken from ‘The London Bus And Tube Book’ by Nicola Baxter. Design Consultant, Jeremy Rewse-Davies. Editorial Assistant, Sharon Appleton. Photographer uncredited. Published by Hodder and Stoughton, 1994.

Bought by Bromley Libraries in 1994, and sold to me, in a rather knackered state, in 2010.




7 thoughts on “Bus Passengers, 1929

      • Oh my goodness. I spent so many hours on a school bus, both for going to school and for traveling to school events, like football games with the marching band. Glamorous we would not have said, no. I remember being very young and the bus so crowded we were 3 to a seat and standing in the aisle and the anticipation of trying to force my way through the older kids to get to the front before my stop, well, it’s still giving me the shivers!

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