June 28, 2017

The posters of Abram Games

Abram Games was one of the 20th century’s great graphic designers, and the only person in army history to be given the title of Official War Poster Artist.

Abram Games No Smoking posterAnti-smoking poster, unpublished, 1970.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Abram produced some of Britain’s most memorable images and designs, for a client list that included the United Nations, London Transport, British Airways, Shell, the Financial Times, and Guinness. He designed stamps for Britain, Jersey, and Israel, book jackets for Penguin, and emblems for the Festival of Britain and the Queen’s Award for Industry.

Abram Games London Underground posterLondon Transport: A Train Every 90 Seconds, 1937.

By the time he was called up for army service in 1940, 24 of his posters had been published, and after a year in the infantry he was posted to Whitehall to work in an attic studio, producing maps, book covers, insignias, and more than 100 posters. In 1942, upon promotion to Captain, he was appointed Official War Poster Artist.

Abram Games ATS posterJoin the ATS, 1941.

Abram Games Use Spades Not Ships posterUse Spades, Not Ships, 1942.

Demobilised in 1946, Abram resumed his freelance career, working in a studio entirely alone and taking responsibility for every aspect of his designs from conception to print.

Abram Games See Britain by Train posterSee Britain by Train, 1951.

Abram Games Freedom from Hunger posterUnited Nations: Freedom from Hunger, 1962.

His influence crossed over to TV when he created the BBC’s first on-screen ident, also known as the “bat’s wings” (below, with original music by the late harpist Sidonie Goossens).

Abram Games

Abram Games was awarded the OBE in 1958 and appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 1959.

High quality poster reproductions are available from King & McGaw and abramgamesposters.com.

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The Tate Gallery by Tube

Reportedly the best-selling poster in The London Transport Museum Shop.

The Tate Gallery by Tube poster

A fantastic poster created by David Booth some 25 years ago, where the paint tube shows the name (Pimlico) and location of the tube station nearest the Tate Britain.

"My 'Old Faithful' has always been a great door opener, conversation starter, (and job getter) and I'm proud and delighted it's appeal has not dwindled over the years as it approaches its 25th anniversary. The curator informed me that it had even been a major influence on a second, more recently commissioned poster, the Rorschach Test map by the artist Cornelia Parker."

Quoted from 25 years down the tube, on David Booth's blog.

The original artwork can be seen in the London Transport Museum.

The Tate Gallery by Tube artwork
Artwork photo by yorkshirerambler on Flickr.

The poster's also for sale on Amazon.co.uk for £9.95.

Published by London Underground Ltd, 1986
Printed by Print Processes Ltd
Commissioned by Art on the Underground
Format: double crown
Dimensions: width: 508mm, height: 762mm (20 x 30 inches)

Here's that Rorschach Test tube map by Cornelia Parker in case you were wondering.

Cornelia Parker tube map

Via The Guardian.

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