Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Railway Posters – part 1

The British Railway network flourished between 1830 and 1870. By 1852 there were over 7000 miles of rail track in England and Scotland, and every significant centre could rely on rail communication.

An early illustration showing the proliferation of advertising posters targeting rail passengers.

 Britain’s railways transformed the landscape both physically and culturally, producing new opportunities for commerce and travel, and fuelling industrial and economic expansion. Goods could be transported at unprecedented rates, and it was British technologies and engineers that were responsible for railway construction throughout the world.

Two early examples of railway posters:

London and South Western Railway
1895 East Coast Route

At home, major cities, such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol were now interconnected.






Until the creation of the railway, the fastest speed known to man had been that of a galloping horse. Now, an express train could reach speeds of 80 miles an hour. Newspapers printed in London in the early hours could be loaded on a train to be sold that morning in the provinces.

This large series on railway poster deals mainly with what could be called the golden age of the railway poster, where the sun always shone and the British seaside was as glamorous as the Côte d’Azur. Many talented and famous artists like Frank Newbould, John Hassall and Terence Cuneo worked on these posters – here’s an example by Royal Academician Sir Frank Brangwyn RA RWS RBA:

1924 Frank Brangwyn RA  RWS  RBA ( 1967-1956 )
Scotland East Coast Route
LNER
        
This is part 1 of a 9-part series on railway posters:                         

Swanage
London and South Western Railway

1890s Great Easter Railway Hotels

1900c Brighton Railway for Isle of Wight

1912 England's Latest Port
Immingham
Great Central Railway by Fortunino Matania

Alan Carr Linford ( b. 1926 )
Oxford
British Railways c1950

A. E. Martin
Aberystwyth
GWR

Albert George Petheridge ( 1882-1934 )
North Wales for Scenery
L&NWR

A. Johnston
Devon
British Railways 1960

Anna Katrina Zinkeisen ( 1901-1976 )
Harrogate
LNER

Anna Katrina Zinkeisen
London by LNER

Adrian Allinson ( 1890-1959 )
Cornwall
GWR   Southern Railway

Adrian Allinson
Downland Rambles
British Railways

Adrian Allinson
Isle of Wight
Southern Railway

Adrian Allinson
Jersey
Southern Railway   GWR

Albert J. Martin
A Cornish Ferry
GWR

Albert J. Martin
South Wales Docks

Alfred Lambart
Port Sunlight
LMS

Alfred Lambart
Roker and Seaburn
British Railways

Alfred Lambart
Southport
Liverpool Overhead Railway

Alfred Lambart
Tynemouth
LNER

Alfred Lambart
Newquay
GWR

Sir Herbert Alker Tripp CBE ( 1883-1954 )
Cornwall
GWR

Sir Herbert Alker Tripp CBE
Fresh Air for Health!
Southern Railway

Sir Herbert Alker Tripp CBE
Newquay.
GWR

Sir Herbert Alker Tripp CBE
Wales
GWR

Sir Herbert Alker Tripp CBE
Bournemouth
British Railways

Allanson Hick ( 1898-1975 )
Cleethorpes
British Railways

Allanson Hick
Lincoln
British Railways

Andrew Johnson
Brighton and Hove
Southern Region

Andrew Johnson
Cleethorpes
LNER

Andrew Johnson
Farm Collection and Delivery Services
LNER

Andrew Johnson
Scarborough
LNER

Andrew Johnson
The Yorkshire Coast
LNER

Anton Abraham van Anrooy ( 1870-1949 )
Delft
LNER

Anton Abraham van Anrooy
Edinburgh
LNER

Anton Abraham van Anrooy
The Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash
GWR

Arthur C. Michael
Edinburgh
LNER  LMS

Arthur C. Michael
St Andrews
LNER

Arthur C. Michael
Whitley Bay
LNER

Austin Cooper ( 1890-1964 )
The Trossachs
LNER

Austin Cooper
Royal Deeside
LNER c1928

Bamburgh
LNER

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