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.
Taking a blogging break - using the dulcet tone and words of Sir David Frost "the clues are there"!!!


  1. Alllllll aboard!
    Happy travels!

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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

  5. Great posters! Have a great trip.

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

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


  11. 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.

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

  13. 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!

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

    Inge, my choice

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

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

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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

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

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

  22. Have a good break, Rosemary!

  23. 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.

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

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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.



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