Shakespeare on the Tube Strike

Posted on April 29th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Search The British Newspaper Archive for the words ‘Tube strike’ and you’ll find hundreds of stories about London Underground strikes of the past.

While most newspapers printed serious reports, we’ve found a few that couldn’t resist making a joke or two.

 

Tu-be or not tu-be

The Derby Daily Telegraph imagined how William Shakespeare would have responded to the Tube strike of 1919:

Shakespeare on the Tube Strike

 

Derby Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 05 February 1919
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Even the Tube strike has its advertising uses

It seems one enterprising London chemist used the 1918 strike as an opportunity to sell some more ‘tonic elixir’.

Advertising during the Tube strike

 

Hull Daily Mail – Tuesday 27 August 1918
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Those you would be glad to get rid of never go on strike

The Burnley Express complained that ‘tax collectors and people of that sort’ never go on strike.

Tax collectors never go on strike

 

Burnley Express – Saturday 14 June 1924
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Where stands England today?

‘Well, some of it pretty obviously is standing in overcrowded London ‘buses’ quipped one journalist.

Overcrowded buses during the Tube strike

 

Derby Daily Telegraph – Friday 07 February 1919
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