Here’s another wonderful variant on the London Underground map – with all the stations translated into German “using actual meanings, associations and sound-alike words”. Horst Prillinger was responsible (it dates from 2004) and you can see it close-up here. Thanks to Judith Flanders for finding it. I’ll be getting on the tube at Grashugel this evening.
The Piccadilly Line isn’t yellow! The Northern can’t be lilac!! It’s strange to see our familiar tube lines in unfamiliar colours, but this map dates from 1911 before each line had its own standardised identity.
Harry Beck is, of course, best known for changing the face of transport mapping, with his original London Underground diagrammatic map in 1932. Three years later, applying the same principles, he produced this little gem for Imperial Airways. This was in turn used in part by Laszlo Maholoy-Nagy in 1937 when he created the remarkable poster below, a most unusual (and not very successful) cartographic mash-up.