12 panel passenger map of the Metropolitan Railway, 43 x 34 cm, printed in colours with travel information and glowing descriptions of Metro-land towns on verso, trivial wear to intersections of a couple of folds; oxblood red covers, print code G1620/100,000.
In 1933 the Met became part of the LPTB. Here though, the Tube and other railways fade into the background. The emphasis is on work/life balance, commuting from Metro-land (a term coined by the railway company’s Publicity Department) with its golf courses, rapidly diminishing countryside and ‘beauty spots’ such as ‘romantic’ Pinner and Ruislip, ‘a fragment of that older and more beautiful world’. A panel on the verso extols the virtues of living in Metro-land, in the ‘foremost’ residential estates’ where houses could be purchased from the Metropolitan Railway Country Estates, Ltd: unlike any of their competitors, the Met was directly involved in residential property development.