'Railway Equipment is War Equipment', World War II poster, 1943.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced during World War II to remind people that the railways were as indispensible to the war effort as guns, shells and bombs. Pasengers had to be patient during wartime when trains were fewer in frequency and often delayed and crowded. Artwork by Fred Taylor (1875-1963), who was commisioned in 1930 to design four ceiling paintings for the Underwriting Room at Lloyd's and murals for Reed's Lacquer Room. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries and worked for the Empire Marketing Board, LNER, London Transport and several shipping companies.