You've Only Got to Choose Your Bus
Gill, "Max" Leslie MacDonald
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Created for the London General Omnibus Company, Gill's map, centred on Reigate, of the bus routes in the area between Epsom and Horley, north to south, and Godstone to Effingham, east to west, is illustrated in the same medieval modernist manner as Gill’s other iconic map of the period, the “Wonderground” map of London, although understandably not as densely packed with the same volume of detail given its more pastoral environment. This bus map utilises a similar palette of bold colour of green, red, and yellow, along with other anachronostic stylings such as windheads to the corners. Buildings, mostly old cottages, farmhouses and churches, are shown in profile and the human figures resemble medieval peasants, often shown in comic scene or with a speech bubble expressing a joke.