The Golden Age of Railway Posters (Hardback)
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The Golden Age of Railway Posters (Hardback)

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Hardback 96 Pages / Published: 07/05/2015
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Few sights can reawaken memories of happy holidays of yesteryear as vividly as the superb railway posters that were so much a part of the great age of mass rail travel. Between the 1930s and 1950s - regarded by many as the heyday of advertising graphic art - a huge range of posters appeared, bearing slogans proclaiming the attractions of such resorts as 'Weston-super-Mare - in Smiling Somerset', and presenting a colourful picture of Britain at its best. Through images as diverse as bustling cities, scenes of rural tranquility and majestic mountain landscapes they offer an escapist paradise, where appealingly uncrowded beaches basking in permanent sunshine are just a train journey away.

This beautiful collection includes over 80 vintage posters from the 30s, 40s and 50s, with individual poster captions describing the artists and locations depicted. Michael Pailin recaptures the spirit of the great days of railway holidays and train excursions in his entertaining introduction - an era that is both within living memory and yet part of a bygone age.

Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781849942782
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 244 x 181 x 15 mm

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“Choo-choose this book!”

I absolutely loved this beautiful book, though the posters undoubtedly portray a mostly utopian, idealised Britain where no beastly steam train has yet managed to destroy its rural idyll. As Michael Palin observes in... More

Hardback edition
2nd September 2015
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“A Very British Institution”

Coming from a graphic design background I love this celebration of a very British institution - The British Railway Poster. The images are a brilliant quality on every page making this an ideal gift or coffee table... More

Hardback edition
31st May 2015
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