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4 November 2019

Russell Square

By popular demand; another week of Bloomsbury buildings. Here is the postcard of Russell Square by Ann Usborne which we sell in the shop (and, surprisingly, it seems we’ve never put this on the Post before). It is certainly not a ‘lesser-known’ Bloomsbury site; lots of Persephone readers will have waited for the lifts here on their way to see us in the shop. But it is an important example of Edwardian baroque architecture and amongst a small group of stations to have Grade II listed status. It was one of the first designed by Leslie Green (1875-1908) for the Underground Electric Railways in the early 1900s and created a ‘brand’ of station design (the strong red tiles and the distinctive typeface) that was soon replicated all over London.

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