Post details: Monday... and I'm kinda burnt...

08/13/07

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Monday... and I'm kinda burnt...

Usually, I'm good to go on Mondays... at least, posting wise... but it's been a busy weekend and I'm more than a little burnt-out... so, instead of making a lame excuse and not posting something... I'm gonna post...

London Bus Stops Through Time!

(Exciting stuff, eh? Yeah, I can see the look of anticipation in your eyes now...)

Original London General Stop

Above is an original early twentieth-century sign... the first one London General (which would go on to become London Transport) used... Note the detail on the metal work... it's actually quite jaunty!

1921 General Sign

In 1921, if you were waiting for Sue's favourite route, the "Number Nine", this would have been the sign for you. Less ornate, but rather austere and firmly functional!

1934 LT Stop

Pre-war, in 1934, we see the London Transport finally on the signs. Similar to the 1921 style, it has the same "rugged" design with just a touch of class.

1939 LT Bus stop

1939 see wood instead of iron poles and a very austere "Bus Stop" sign. Basic and functional.

1952 LT Bus Stop

More routes, more buses, more information... in 1952, this would be your stop sign. A little more styled as well as post-war materials are a little easier to come by.

1988 LT Bus Sign

A little more information, a little less style. Functional and respectable, the 1988 bus stop does only what needs to be done.

Can you believe I posted six old bus-stop signs??? Part of me doesn't believe you looked through 'em...

...but...

The early twentieth-century signs are actually fun and ARE reminiscent of a more "artistic" age... where style met functionality... and yeah, they are kinda cool.

None-the-less, this is a cop-out post, admittedly... hopefully, tomorrow, I'll have my blogging chops back!

I think I did alright yesterday with my "Sunday Blessing" and "Blog Talkers"... but today, I'm feeling a little bit of the Monday blahs and the busy-weekend burn-outs...

Next time I'm burnt out, I might do London Bus Shelters Through Time!

Photos are thanks to London Transport Museum


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Comments:

Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
Meh.. cop out or no.. still interesting. Sad that we've gotten so boring, though. No, not you. (Gads.. it's not always about YOU!).. I mean architecturally. We're all about glass and steel cracker boxes where we used to be elaborate and ornate splashes of "We're Here, dammit! LOOKIT ME! I'm AWESOME... AWESOME, I TELL YOU!!"

Okay.. maybe I read too much into things..
PermalinkPermalink 08/14/07 @ 18:14
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... I know it's not "all about me"... it's all about Sue. She told me so!

...but you're right... when you look at the first one and the lamp-standard behind it, you see art and decoration... which is something missing in today's world.
PermalinkPermalink 08/14/07 @ 19:02
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
OMHigherBeing!! Are you calling Sue BORING?! ~gasp~ I'm tellin'!!! ;P
PermalinkPermalink 08/14/07 @ 23:14
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT...???
PermalinkPermalink 08/15/07 @ 07:02
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
~sigh~ It's just not funny if I have to explain it..

See.. I said boring.. then said not you, 'cause it's not all about you.. then you said it's all about Sue.. so I said you called Sue boring.. See? AND knowing how you truly feel about Sue (and all that mushy stuff) made it even FUNNIER 'cause we all KNOW you would NEVER call that woman BORING. And even *I* know.. the lady is awesome. :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/15/07 @ 22:38
Comment from: Pat [Visitor] Email · http://liquorice-allosaurs.com/blog/
Hey, I live in London and I can promise you that you are not being boring, it's interesting to me to see how the signposts have changed! I wish they still looked like the original one, and its weird to see how early they started to look like the ones we have today. Plus I'm glad that there are people out there (unlike our mayor) who still love our old double deckers, I'm still grieving over the routemasters. Bendy buses will never be the same. Fantastic blog!
PermalinkPermalink 08/16/07 @ 03:30
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... What can I say, I'm a thicky. But, boring or no, mushy or no, it is all about Sue... EVERYTHING... at least, this is what I'm told.

Hi Pat... I feel the same way about the Routemasters... and especially the folks the spearheaded their removal... and are STILL fighting to remove the last ones on Heritage Routes. I got myself into a spot of bother over it by blogging about it... See this link. Thanks for the kudos!
PermalinkPermalink 08/16/07 @ 06:53
Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
LOL You're well trained. Did she use a rolled up newspaper, or did the bits of cookies as reward work for you? :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/16/07 @ 12:34
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... No, a cattle-prod, "sharp things", and that look all women possess that men can't do... that one that can freeze a glass of water solid at twenty paces.
PermalinkPermalink 08/16/07 @ 19:14
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
Cattle prod!? Hrmph. I was told that was illegal. Hrm.. maybe it was where I threatened to use it...?
PermalinkPermalink 08/17/07 @ 09:36
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... The Canadian Health and Safety Council do NOT recommend "man training" with use of any electric shock device... granted, when has that ever stopped Sue, eh?
PermalinkPermalink 08/17/07 @ 18:58
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
LOL I've just always used a rolled up newspaper myself.. but then.. that might explain why the hubby constantly fails his training exercises.. ... .. Hrm.. so cattle prods are fairly easy to get, right? ;)
PermalinkPermalink 08/19/07 @ 14:17
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... I really shouldn't be helping, but contact "Northview Diary" on my links area... they should be able to help. ;)
PermalinkPermalink 08/19/07 @ 15:35
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
Dude! A little bit of warning before you send a city girl into all that .. farmosity. LOL

I have relatives in Holstein, ON.. I'm sure they'd be able to find one should I feel I could ever get away with using it. ;P
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 20:57
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... Hey, I'm a city-boy meself! Born and raised!
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 21:08

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