Railway Posters, Paperback Book
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Railway posters have huge appeal for the modern audience, but just what explains this continuing interest?

Enduring images of iconic locomotives, bathing beauties and characters such as Sunny South Sam are testament to the creativity of the railway company marketing departments and the posters tell us not only about railway history and technology, architectural and engineering accomplishments, but also about the cultural and social significance of the railways.

The influence of the railway industry on our cities and coastlines, and on the development of leisure time and holiday resorts, can be seen in the recurring images of ramblers, bathers and idyllic tourist destinations.

This book explores the changing styles and functions of the railway poster from the early pre-grouping days through to the inter-war 'golden age' and nationalised British Railways.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, 5 b/w; 75 col
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Poster art
  • ISBN: 9780747810841

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Fascinating overview of an almost-lost art form – the railway posters of the Golden Age of British railways. Pure nostalgia and enjoyment: right up to the modern day, and the reproduction of a poster featuring Jimmy Savile. That broke the mood completely, and given the book's publication date, it's unforgivable. I'm in two minds whether I should tear out the offending page and chuck it on the fire, or do the same to the entire book. It's not the fault of the great poster artists who created the art form, though, so I might go with the former option?Rating reflects total ambivalence about this book.

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