Trip to view poster archives in York, England

After World War I, Great Britain’s rail lines were consolidated into four companies, which competed fiercely for riders. Since the only way to advertise in color was the poster, each of these companies eventually hired a stable of artists to create dramatic travel illustrations for their particular line — The British Railway poster was born. I have just visited and done research at the largest repository for railway posters in the world — The National Railway Museum in York, England. Through the kindness of the curator, Beverley Cole, I was allowed to inspect the original illustrations for famous posters and to spend hours in the archives.

posted 11/16/2003 10:51:00 AM

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