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Happy 150th Birthday, London Tube!

See how the Underground map has changed through the years.

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The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday today, marking the anniversary of the first trip on the tube, between Paddington and Farringdon. The tube is arguably best known for its iconic map, created by Harry Beck in 1931 and adopted as the official map in 1933. Here’s a look at how the map evolved over time.

1895

1895 London tube map

1908

1908 London tube map

1908

Other 1908 London tube map
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1910

1910 London tube map

1911

1911 London tube map

1927

1927 London tube map

1933

1933 London tube map

1937

1937 London tube map

1956

1956 London tube map

1974

1974 London tube map

2002

2002 London tube map

2013

2013 London tube map

Sources: The Evolution of the London Underground Map, A History of London Tube Maps, Transport for London

This post originally appeared on Quartz, an Atlantic partner site.

About the Author

  • Zachary M. Seward is a senior editor at Quartz. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal and Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab. He teaches digital journalism at NYU.