A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, The London Transport Art

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Kind of a different theme this week...again, things spin off what's in my life! 

My teacup this week...is a tea mug! A Dunoon, England bone china mug in a London transport design by famous British watercolourist Emma Ball.  Dunoon began with stoneware in Scotland...hence the name...but for the last 20 years has focused on their bone china business in Stone, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent in the potteries.

Sometimes it's tea in a cup and saucer, but sometimes it's a mug. Yesterday I sat in the sunroom with this mug full of a tea with a scone, and was going through my engagement calendar when...inspiration struck!  

The mug is such a compilation of London landmarks...and many around transportation themes...

And voila...I looked at the engagement calendar...

And there you have it! In the early 20th century, the London transport system of tube trains, trains and buses employed the best artists of the day to make advertising posters for the routes and places they served. They are so very evocative of the times and places, so I thought I'd share a few with you...

Viktor Hembrow, 1927...above

Robert John Gibbings, 1922

Elijah Albert Cox, 1916

Dora M. Batty, 1932

F. Gregory Brown, 1916

Haddock, 1912

What a fabulous glimpse of England and London in those departed days! I don't want to give this blog post a picture overload, so will do a blog post on Wednesday on the London Transport Museum...a place we love to visit. So...here is the linky for your tea related post and a list of some of the blogs I am visiting. Until then...

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Tea With Celia
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Tea On Tuesday
Miss Kathy ~http://www.thewritersreverie.com/
Tuesday Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Lady B & Dame Ruthie http://ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com/
Time For Tea
Tuesday Tea Time
Tea On Tuesday
Bernideen’s ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Tea In The Garden Tuesday
Lavender Cottage  Tea Time
Tea In Texas
Playing With My Camera Teatime           
Tuesday Blog Shop
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Tuesday And Wednesday Tea
What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday

Remember to give the linky some time to load...sometimes it is slow. So take a sip of that cuppa and be patient!


  1. Hello Ruth,
    What a wonderful coffee mug! We have had a red double decker bus here on the Island for years. The tourists love it and we Islanders do too. Gives us a great view of things especially from up top. Another interesting post. Thanks for hosting.


  2. Oh I love that London mug! I always buy them wherever I travel just like a token of the country or city, like my I love NY one. I love England and the departed days even more so. I never miss Downton Abbey, it brings us back to a glorious and elegant past. Thank you for hosting this lovely tea party! Hve a nice week.

  3. I always enjoy getting a history lesson from you, Ruth. I do love a nice mug of tea and yours is a pretty one. Thanks for hosting!

  4. A fun and colourful mug Ruth. When by myself, it's a mug for afternoon tea but when a friend is over, I pull out teacups and a special teapot.
    The cover of your engagement book looks like a wonderful day in the country. I have finally changed to all engagements on the computer, it was hard to give up paper, but I did it.

  5. Hi Ruth,
    Your pretty mug certainly does tell a story and what a wonderful calendar book. You are so very knowledgeable and I often wish I could ask you for more information about certain teacups that I have ! Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Let's hope we get spring-like weather here on the west coast! Karen

  6. I love your mug and the posters are really beautiful graphic art pieces. Have a wonderful week Ruth.

  7. Ruth, Your post on the Dunoon mug is wonderful! I just love there china for their patterns and illustrations are always wonderful. My collection of mugs has a few of the Dunoon. Great artwork and Love the Mind the Gap sign! Thanks for the hosting the party and have a great week!


  8. Another wonderfully informative tea post. I like that mug. I would love to ride one of those double deckers some day.

  9. Hi Ruth: Love the mug and your calendar book. Always a pleasure to visit. Blessings, Martha

  10. Hello Ruth,
    That is a great mug! The calendar book is fab as well. The museum sounds interesting, and if it is one of your favorite places to visit, I am sure I would love it too. I had not heard of it before.

  11. What a fun post, Ruth! Both the mug and your appointment calendar are wonderful possessions. With traveling and speaking engagements I haven't spent much time on the Internet lately, so this is the first time I've seen your new page layout. It's lovely!
    ~ Phyllis

  12. I was not familiar with her work, and am loving it! I love the watercolor look of some of the images on the mug! It is so pretty. I love British pieces and like to use them when I have my Jane group over for tea. Thanks for sharing.

  13. How perfect! I am going to England next month and have been busy reading a new guidebook about what all I want to do there. This definitely helps get me in the spirit!

  14. Fun post! Love the mug and all the different ways to get around London. The history was great. I'll be smiling all day! Happy Tea Day and Thank you for hosting!

  15. Would love to ride on one of those double-deckers someday. I always learn something interesting here! thank you for hosting!

  16. What a great mug! I've never rode on a double decker bus, but it sure looks like fun! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  17. Such a neat book of art. I love the at deco style. Thanks for hosting!

  18. Great mug! I really enjoy your British themed posts. I was surprised when I was in London and got of the train and heard "Mind the Gap." I had never understood the reference before that!

  19. The tea cup is so sweet and those illustrations are amazing!



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