Tom Eckersley studied at Salford School of Art where he met Eric Lombers. They cooperated in London until the outbreak of the war. They were acknowledged as two of the foremost poster designers in Britain, working for the BBC and the Post Office, Frank Pick of London Transport and Jack Beddington at Shell-Mex and BP. Tom taught poster design at Westminster School of Art (1937–39). During the war he worked as a cartographer for the RAF, also designing many posters for the General Post Office and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.