Monday 13 October 2014

Posters Auction

Tomorrow Swann Auction Galleries in New York puts under the hammer Rare & Important Travel Posters (CLICK). BBC News got excited when it spotted collectible British Rail seaside posters in this sale (CLICK). Shown is Septimus Edwin Scott's railway poster for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston on Sea (c.1935) estimated at $2,500 to $3,500 (Lot 121). I don't believe the sky was ever this blue above Great Yarmouth. I remember it as a grey place with a shingle beach. No wonder the little boy on the left is looking dubious. Mum and her daughter are wearing prim swimming outfits suitable for thirties-era bathing. The purpose of these posters was to make money for railway companies by enticing day-trippers to take a train to the heavenly seaside resorts on offer.


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