tom eckersley RDI OBE 1914 - 1996

BR poster 1961


Tom studied commercial art at Salford School of

Art. During the 1930's he was amongst the

foremost poster artists of the period, producing

much work for Shell-Mex and London Transport. His

relationship with London Transport lasted over 50



During WW2 he drew maps for the RAF and after the

war continued to design posters, in 1954 he joined

the teaching staff at the London College of

Printing, later to become Head of Department. He

helped to establish the first undergraduate courses

in graphic design in Britain. Tom Eckersely was

elected Royal Designer to Industry in 1961.




posters for RoSPA from WW2

some of these are available for sale in our shop - please enquire


These posters were produced as industrial safety propaganda to

support the production drive that supplied the armed services. The

posters were commissioned by RoSPA and underwrittenby Ernest

Bevin's Ministry of Labour. Tom was RoSPA's most prolific designer

during WW2.


check out these other rospa designers

abram games

pat keely

g r morris

manfred reiss

arnold rothholtz


thanks for these images to


Eckersley Archive LCP London

Eckersley Studio

Rothholtz Studio

Michael Nathan

Lynn Trickett

IWM London

LTM London

illustrated exhibition catalogue LCC 2005 (click on link to read text by Paul Rennie)


Dr Paul Rennie gives very good lectures ( with slides, objects or powerpoint)

on RoSpa, visual culture and citizenship, the history of posters and graphic design.

Please contact him if this is of interest...



Tom Eckersley card Tom Eckersley card

GPO advetising greetings cards and envelope ( no message )

£1.50 each


Tom Eckersley poster London Transport Eckersley Lombers poster

1963 London Underground poster sold

1936 Eckersley Lombers London Transport poster sold

Tom Eckersley poster

1950s for GPO p.o.a.


Tom Eckersley children's book Tom Eckerlsley cat

1946 scarce first edition £125


available at £45 each
selection of original lithograph plates by Eckersley, c.1940
(please enquire for availability as some now sold)

1980s poster Charlie Chaplin


for other available original posters by Tom Eckersley please look at our posters in the shop - click here

Paul was asked several years ago now to do a small book on Tom Eckersley for the Antique Collectors Club DESIGN series...sadly the series took a different direction......
In the meantime, Tom's poster design features in Paul's book to commemorate 100 years of RoSPA.


We were privileged to have been introduced to Tom by Abram Games,
and here is a short interview that Paul conducted at Abram's home in North London,
in the 1990s,
published by Affiche in 1994/5. (click on page to read)

Tom in his studio


to return to the beginning...