Taking shelter in the Underground stations wasn’t a great experience. Early in the Blitz there were few sanitary facilities and people who lived through the era often write about the stench of underground stations.
While no more than 3% of Londoners used the tube stations as bomb shelters, photographs such as these became iconic images showing the determination of Londoners not to let the Nazis break their will.
(The sign in the window to the right of the tube car door informs passengers that this is a non-smoking car. In 1940)
This is probably a section of the Picadilly Line which was no longer in use when the war began.
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