1926 steampunk style vision of London’s skyline revealed

London

An image of how the London of the future looked to urbanists in 1926 has emerged.

It was part of a poster campaign extolling the virtues of the city’s underground system as a safe means of transport and was the work of Montague B Black, a publicity artist.

It was captioned “London AD 2026 – This is all in the air” along with the line “Today – The solid comfort of the underground’.

Advertisement

Apart from low-flying aircraft and the large dirigible airships so loved by the current steampunk genre, the scene is quite close to the reality of the skyline today, with a large number of high rise buildings which look to have been inspired by US cities of the time.

However these are in a more ornate style than skyscrapers such as Canary Wharf – and there are none with the dramatic lines of The Shard.

The picture is from the collection of Transport for London.

This entry was posted in Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink.

Add a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *