Saturday, 1 June 2013

Vintage Railway Travel Posters

From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches,
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:

All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain:
And ever again in the wink of an eye.
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And there is a green for stringing daisies!

Here is a cart run away in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!
Many of these vintage railway posters were designed and illustrated by well known artists of the day such as the one above by Stanhope Alexander Forbes, a founding member of the influential Newlyn school of painters. His father was a Railway Manager in London, and his elder brother was also a Railway Manager who worked for the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway.
............PRELUDE............
Taking a blogging break - using the dulcet tone and words of Sir David Frost "the clues are there"!!!

30 comments:

  1. Great photos of the old railroad's.. The last ' west highland ' line train,looks much more modern.
    Whoo Whoo.. chugg chugg.. happy adventures.

    hope you found my new blog Rosemary.. http:valrosa59blogspot
    also through bloglovin.
    see you when you get back..
    enjoy it all.
    val

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  2. Have a wonderful time Rosemary. Don't stay away to long.
    Wonderful weekend

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  3. Dear Rosemary, This is a charming post. Love the innocent illustrations. Have a wonderful vacation from blogging. Hopefully, you will share your new adventures with us when you return...we will be here when you get back. ox, Gina

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  4. Great posters! Have a great trip.

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  5. These vintage train posters are fabulous! Better than what we see now. Bon Voyage Rosemary!

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  6. Wonderful!!!
    very, very beautiful posters.
    A hug

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  7. And with this post, I'm ready to go on holiday!!! Take me along :) Enjoy your break, and snap gorrrrrgeous photos for us, Rosemary. x Loi

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  8. Hello Rosemary, I absolutely love British travel posters. They have such a great look, and are so evocative of their time and place. The important artists who designed them added their own qualities. I remember once investigating the posters of John Hassall, and now am equally charmed by your present examples.
    --Road to Parnassus

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  9. Even in those day you had already advertising. "London Pride"beer.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  10. Dear Rosemary,
    I do like those old posters and I like that poem as well.
    So all in all a very enjoyable post!
    Have a lovely holiday and I look forward to reading your blog and seeing some wonderful photographs, when you return.
    Kirk

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  11. Dear Rosemary,very beautiful vintage posters!Have a great trip!!Enjoy your hollidays!!
    Dimi..

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  12. Beautiful, nostalgic images Rosemary, and the poem was so familiar, but I could not identify it! I guess it goes right back to my childhood. Enjoy your break, and may the train take you somewhere wonderful!

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  13. Enjoy youre blog break.
    The posters are wonderful.
    Have a fine Sunday.

    Greetings,
    Inge, my choice

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  14. Oh I love these vintage images , you can almost get nostalgic ! Have a nice Sunday.

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  15. They are really lovely, can't say I have seen them before.

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  16. Dear Rosemary - All those images of Britain are charming, and I am captivated by the beautiful, sleek green engines, which must have fired many a child's imagination. Have a safe and enjoyable break!

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  17. these are so great to look at! I love vintage posters!
    Are you traveling by train?
    Have a wonderful holiday dear Rosemary : )

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  18. Rosemary,
    I picked up one of Bradshaws books from the library on Friday and it had Robert Louis Stevenson's poem on the back cover and then I saw it on your post. I love those old vintage railway posters ,one of my first posts was about them! The pictures are always beautiful works of art. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
    Sarah x

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  19. Gorgeous posters...took me back years!

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  20. I really like the vintage images, so well designed play and give the idea of ​​a Romanesque time.
    hugs,
    Léah

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  21. Have a good break, Rosemary!

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  22. There's something so nostalgic about these railway posters. They make you want to jump on a train and go sightseeing - they are an advertising at its best - no scantily clad woman or bare chested man in sight! Today's advertisers have a lot to learn.
    June

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  23. What a beautiful collection of old railway posters you found Rosemary. They look so romantic!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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  24. Super posters, Rosemary. Enjoy your trip - Scotland is looking magnificent. :-)

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  25. Tak wspaniałych plakatów jeszcze nie widziałam. Spisałaś się wspaniale. Brawo dla Ciebie. Pozdrawiam.
    So wonderful posters have not seen. You did great. Hooray for you. Yours.

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  26. Have a happy break, somehow I am sure you are taking photographs :)

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  27. Love, love, love these posters, Rosemary. Just beautiful. I have a Vintage Travel Poster board on Pinterest and am always looking for prime examples of poster art. I had the Glorious Devon one as the opening page on my computer for awhile. Love the artwork. In fact, I love the artwork on most vintage posters, travel or otherwise.

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  28. Great pictures, Rosemary! It would be nice to be aboard... Happy break!

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  29. Perfectly lovely collection of railway posters! There is a Japanese song of which lyrics is similar to the poems inserted between the pictures. Is it an English children’s song? Have a nice break, rosemary.

    Yoko

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