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Paris Metro meets London Tube

London's Transport Museum acquired in 2006 a hitherto unknown hand-drawn map from 1951 by Harry Beck of the Paris Metro system.

The French authorities thought his design was not appropriate for the Metro and rejected it, while his London map was on the way to becoming iconic.

Before Beck, London Tube maps had endeavoured to show the distance between stations. He scrapped all that and came up with an easy-to-read map - based on an electrical circuit - which ignored distances and exact geographic locations in favour of clarity. His Paris map sought to bring the same precision to the French capital's system.

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