Billy Brown’s Own Highway Code

Billy Brown of London Town was a cartoon character, drawn by English cartoonist David Langdon OBE, who featured on the London Transport posters and in local newspapers during World War 2.  Brown’s appearance was that of a City of London businessman of the time, wearing a bowler hat and pinstripe suit, and carrying an umbrella.

This example featured in the Bromley & District Times on 20th December 1940.


Billy Brown of London Town

Billy Brown’s own Highway Code
For blackouts is ‘Stay off the Road’.
He’ll never step out and begin
To meet a bus that’s pulling in.
He doesn’t wave his torch at night,
But ‘flags’ his bus with something white.
He never jostles in a queue,
But waits and takes his turn.  Do You?

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