Poster, Winter Sales Are Best Reached by Underground
This is a Poster. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and published by Underground Electric Railways of London Company Ltd. and printed by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son.
The tagline—”Winter Sales Are Best Reached by Underground”—was a pitch to increase ridership by reminding savvy female shoppers to take the Underground in stormy weather. Kauffer’s women, bundled in overcoats or obscured by umbrellas, are largely androgynous. Drawing on both 19th-century Japanese prints and cubist abstractions, these silhouetted figures battle against slanting rain, wind, or snow.
As early as 1921, Kauffer publicly expressed disdain for “pretty” advertising, the common practice of featuring attractive female figures to promote almost any product or service. His abstract and often androgynous approach to depicting women was strikingly distinct from most advertisements of the period. “From the purely technical point of view,” Kauffer wrote, “pretty” advertising “fails because, if one does not remember the story, one usually fails to remember what it advertised.”
It is credited
Collection of Merrill C. Berman.
Its dimensions are
100.6 × 62.5 cm (39 5/8 × 24 5/8 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.