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Poster artwork, ‘Post Office Tube Railway’, by Edward Bawden (c.1935)

The Post Office Underground Railway, otherwise known as Mail Rail, was initially opened in 1927 and was the first railway in the world to use driverless electric trains. The line ran from Paddington to Whitechapel, serving eight sorting offices along its six-and-a-half mile route.

Edward Bawden (1903-1989), an English print maker, painter, illustrator and graphic artist, was provisionally commissioned by The Post Office in June 1935. This linocut design, a technique for which he became well-known, was approved. However, for unknown reasons, it was never printed.

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