New Competition!

September 10th, 2015

We’re so excited to announce that we are launching a brand new weekly competition!

 

If you love Vintage Rail Posters as much as we do, then you’ll love this!

 

As you’re well aware, each day we showcase a Vintage Rail Poster of the day which so many of you absolutely love. And now you’re going to love them even more…

 

Each week we’re running a competition where we want you to tell us an anecdote relating to one of the posters we’ve shown that week. The best one will receive a prize and have their story told on this blog!

 

Maybe you saw the love of your life standing in Kings Cross Station and you had to jump the railings to reach them? Maybe you had a lovely day out with the family at Dunnottar Castle until a hungry pigeon stole your sandwich? Maybe, just maybe, you went for a walk in the Derbyshire Dales and you got absolutely soaking and couldn’t find your way back for hours!

Whether it’s a heart warming story with your loved ones and family, a funny anecdote full of laughter that has us in stitches, or a cringe-worthy tale which inevitably makes everyone avert their eyes from the screen, we want to know!

 

Get in touch by emailing info@vintagerailposters.co.uk, tweet us @railposters, message us on Facebook or call us on 01449 720068.

 

 

Don’t forget that the competition re-starts each week. You’ve got Monday to Sunday each week, and we’ll be announcing the winner on Monday morning!

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Are you looking for a personal gift this Christmas?

December 9th, 2014

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Definitions

noun

  1. a yearning for the return of past circumstances, events, etc
  2. the evocation of this emotion, as in a book, film, etc
  3. longing for home or family; homesickness

 

If somebody were to ask us the main reason for our customers ordering our Vintage Rail Posters, our answer would be ‘nostalgia’.

 

The majority of our customers purchase vintage travel posters from us because they evoke certain memories and feelings. Often it is because the poster is of a place close to their heart, where they grew up, where their parents grew up, or where happy memories have taken place.

 

At Christmas we strive to give our loved one a gift which will make them smile and let them know we have thought about them. “I want to get them something which means something” is a phrase often mumbled as we near breaking point as we dodge other stressed Christmas shoppers in packed, over-heated shops.

 

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We think (and hope) we have a solution to your worries, with our gorgeous vintage travel posters from the mid 19th century to the early 21st century.

 

Our collection holds over 1200 designs of posters, originally commissioned by the railway companies to promote travelling by train, often with the slogan ‘It’s quicker by rail‘ underneath the carefully designed artwork, which was created by a host of very talented artists.

 

The artwork is charming, depicting the holiday destinations in the most romantic light, with the purpose of enticing the British public to take the train to seaside resorts, villages, lakes and cities.

 

Have a look round VintageRailPosters.co.uk and find the perfect gift which ‘means something’ to the receiver.

 

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More offers than you can shake a stick at!

September 4th, 2014

It’s that time again at Vintage Rail Posters. This month we have an even bigger prize than ever before. We’re giving away a free 60cm x 80cm canvas worth £95 to our lucky winner!

 
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning, is vote for your favourite ‘Vintage Rail Poster of the day’ from all those posted up on our FacebookTwitter and Google+ throughout August.

 

Just click here to vote in our poll before midnight on September 14th, and we will randomly choose a winner from all the people who voted for the most popular poster on September 15th.

 

 

 

Vote Page August

 

Money off vouchers

 

As well as giving away a fantastic prize this month, we have bought back our 15% off voucher. You just need to follow this link, and like us on Facebook to get your 15% off voucher code to use on our website. Make sure you claim your voucher before September 28th, and use it within 60 days of claiming.

 
CLICK HERE FOR 15% OFF YOUR NEXT VINTAGE RAIL POSTERS ORDER.

 
Good luck, and happy shopping!

 

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A bit of history…

August 27th, 2014

RAIL756Railway posters were extremely popular in the UK from the late 19th century through to the 1960’s, advertising rail networks and holiday destinations to the general public. The posters often used slogans such as ‘It’s quicker by rail’ and ‘See Britain by train’ to encourage people to use the rail network to holiday around the UK (and further afield, with many posters promoting travel by boat to Ireland and Europe).

 

Vintage travel posters were most popular throughout the inter-war years, which can be seen by looking through our collection. The posters we have range from the 1800’s, right up until the 1990’s, although the vast majority of artwork you will see is from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s.

 

Many of these vintage posters promote specific holiday destinations in the UK. The vintage railway posters often had a highly romanticised view of post war rural Britain. Many depict landscape scenes, while others show holiday makers having fun on the beach in British seaside towns.

 

There are also many posters promoting other sides of the railways, some of which show work on the railways, and how the rail industry was changing. Some railway posters advertise trains, for example, the Coronation Scot, while other travel posters promote British Industries, from the steel industry and brick making to fishing and ship building.

 

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British Rail produced these rail advertisements to encourage travel by train, and there were a wonderful group of talented artists who would submit their artwork to be used by the rail networks. There are many artists who you will come across again and again searching through the collection of vintage travel posters, including Ronald Lampitt, Norman Wilkinson and Frank Henry Mason. These artists were commissioned

 

We are constantly growing our collection of travel posters, sourced via the National Railway Museum archives. We are able to provide a truly unique service, as we print your products to order. Each image on our website is available on a wide range of items.by the UK rail companies, (such as Great Northern Railway [GNR], Great Western Railway [GWR], London, Midland and Scottish Railway [LMS], North Eastern Railway [NER], London and North Eastern Railway [LNER], British Rail [BR]) to create vintage rail posters advertising certain areas around the UK. The art they created was of varying styles, from art deco to art nouveau and everything in between.

 

These products make wonderful gifts, and not just for rail enthusiasts. Our customers often remark that our vintage railway posters bringing back happy memories of holidays and family visits.

 

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It’s not too late…

August 13th, 2014

…to vote in this months competition! Just head on over to our Facebook Page to vote for your favourite ‘Vintage Rail Poster of the day’ we posted up in July! There’s lots of wonderful posters to choose from, from Somerset, to Donegal, from Bangor to the Belgium coast!

Vote Page July

Vote for your favourite by clicking on the poster of your choice, and filling in the short form at the bottom of the page. The competition closes at midnight on Thursday. On Friday we will randomly choose a winner from all of those who voted for the most popular poster! The winner will receive a Vintage Rail 11″ x 14″ art print, a tote bag and a magnet!

Click here to enter.

Good luck!

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Win Vintage Rail Goodies!

July 3rd, 2014

We’re running another competition this month! Just vote for your favourite ‘Vintage Rail Poster of the day’ from June on our Facebook page and you could win a Vintage Rail poster, phone sock and mug of your favourite image from the month!

Just follow the link to our Facebook by clicking hereGood luck!

Vote Page June

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Strathclyde top 5 classic rail prints

June 13th, 2014

Today we have chosen our five favourite railway posters from Strathclyde, Scotland. We have 27 prints from the area on our website, so it was very difficult to choose, as they’re all wonderful! Have a look through all of the Strathclyde prints, your favourites may be different to ours!

All travel poster reproductions are available on a wide range of gift products, just click on the image you like and select what product you would like it printed on!

 

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‘Brig O’Doon’, BR (ScR) poster, 1948-1965.
British Railways (Scottish Region) poster showing the bridge at Brig O’Doon, Alloway, near Ayr. Artwork by Jack Merriott

'Lanarkshire Steel Works', LMS/LNER poster, c 1935.  Poster produced for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) and the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). The poster shows the steel works in Lanarkshire, with some labourers standing in front of the furnace. Artwork by Norman Wilkinson, who studied art at Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art. A famous marine painter, he designed posters for the London & North Western Railway (LNWR), the London & Midlands Railway (LMR) and Southern Railway (SR) and organised the Royal Academy series of posters for the London & Midlands Railway (LMR) in 1924.

‘Lanarkshire Steel Works’, LMS/LNER poster, c 1935.
Poster produced for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) and the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). The poster shows the steel works in Lanarkshire, with some labourers standing in front of the furnace. Artwork by Norman Wilkinson, who studied art at Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art. A famous marine painter, he designed posters for the London & North Western Railway (LNWR), the London & Midlands Railway (LMR) and Southern Railway (SR) and organised the Royal Academy series of posters for the London & Midlands Railway (LMR) in 1924.

‘Loch Etive, Western Highlands, BR(ScR) poster, 1948-1965.  British Railways (Scottish Region) poster. Artwork by Jack Merriott.

‘Loch Etive, Western Highlands, BR(ScR) poster, 1948-1965.
British Railways (Scottish Region) poster. Artwork by Jack Merriott.

‘Rothesay’, LNER poster, 1926.  Poster produced by London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote train and sea services to Rothesay in Scotland. Artwork by Fred Taylor (1875-1963), who was commissioned in 1930 to design four ceiling paintings for the Underwriting Room at Lloyd’s and murals for Reed’s Lacquer Room. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries and worked for the Empire Marketing Board, LNER, London Transport and several shipping companies.

‘Rothesay’, LNER poster, 1926.
Poster produced by London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote train and sea services to Rothesay in Scotland. Artwork by Fred Taylor (1875-1963), who was commissioned in 1930 to design four ceiling paintings for the Underwriting Room at Lloyd’s and murals for Reed’s Lacquer Room. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries and worked for the Empire Marketing Board, LNER, London Transport and several shipping companies.

‘Helensburgh’, LNER poster, 1923-1947.  London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) poster promoting rail travel to Helensburgh, Scotland. Artwork by Templeton.

‘Helensburgh’, LNER poster, 1923-1947.
London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) poster promoting rail travel to Helensburgh, Scotland. Artwork by Templeton.

Have a look at our complete NRM collection here: www.vintagerail.co.uk

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Vintage Rail Poster of the month!

June 9th, 2014

York Classic Rail PosterWe have a new ‘Vintage Rail Poster of the month’ which takes over last months winner, which was an old travel poster of Cornwall, produced between 1948-1965 by British Railways (BR) to promote rail travel to Cornwall by Frank A. A. Wootton.

 

This months winner, as voted by our Facebook followers, is  ‘The Shambles, York’, BR poster, by A Carr Linford from 1962. This poster was produced for British Railways (BR) to promote rail travel to the city of York, Yorkshire, showing shoppers strolling through the picturesque medieval streets known as ‘The Shambles’.

 

We also have a lucky winner, who has won a mug, 11 x 14″ art print, and a tote bag of the winning image! We will be running the competition again next month, so don’t worry if you missed out this month!

 

Have a look at all the old british railway posters we post up on our Facebook every day here:

www.facebook.com/VintageRailPosters

Where you can share your thoughts and opinions with our wonderful followers!

Have a look at our complete NRM collection here: www.vintagerail.co.uk

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Competition Time Again!

June 2nd, 2014

It’s time to get your votes in! Vote for your favourite ‘Rail Poster of the week’ from last month on our Facebook Page, and you could win an 11 x 14″ art print, tote bag, and mug of your favourite poster!

Make sure you vote before midnight on June 8th, as we will be choosing our winner on Monday June 9th 2014. The poster with the most votes will be our ‘poster of the month’ and we will randomly choose a lucky voter to win the goodies!

To enter, click here.

Good luck!

 

Competitions Time

The Prize Finder

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Berkshire- Top Five Rail Art Prints

May 29th, 2014

This week we have decided to focus on…. Berkshire! So here’s our top five vintage travel posters from the region! All images are available on the following products: Art Prints, Giclee Art Prints, Canvases, Tote Bags, Magnets, Postcards, Greeting Cards, Mouse Mats, Note Pads, Magnetic Note Pads and Mugs!

Ascot Races', GWR poster, 1897. Poster produced for the Great Western Railway (GWR), promoting rail travel from Paddington, London to Windsor Station, showing race-goers in horse-drawn carriages being transported to the Ascot horse races, which were held from the 15th to the 18th of June, 1897. Windsor Castle is seen in the background. Printed by George, Lithographers, London.

Ascot Races’, GWR poster, 1897. Poster produced for the Great Western Railway (GWR), promoting rail travel from Paddington, London to Windsor Station, showing race-goers in horse-drawn carriages being transported to the Ascot horse races, which were held from the 15th to the 18th of June, 1897. Windsor Castle is seen in the background. Printed by George, Lithographers, London.

Poster produced for London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel from London to the Home Counties. The poster shows a map of the area north of London, with routes from the London stations of King’s Cross, Marylebone, Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street. Artwork by Montague B Black, who was educated at Stockwell College and concentrated on military and naval artwork. He designed posters for LNER, Southern Railway (SR) and London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS).

Poster produced for London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel from London to the Home Counties. The poster shows a map of the area north of London, with routes from the London stations of King’s Cross, Marylebone, Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street. Artwork by Montague B Black, who was educated at Stockwell College and concentrated on military and naval artwork. He designed posters for LNER, Southern Railway (SR) and London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS).

Poster produced for British Railways (BR), Western Region (WR), promoting rail travel to Windsor in Berkshire, showing soldiers marching past Windsor Castle's 'Round Tower'. Artwork by Fred Taylor (1875-1963). Printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd, London and Dunstable.

Poster produced for British Railways (BR), Western Region (WR), promoting rail travel to Windsor in Berkshire, showing soldiers marching past Windsor Castle’s ‘Round Tower’. Artwork by Fred Taylor (1875-1963). Printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd, London and Dunstable.

Poster produced for British Railways (Western Region) showing a royal barge on the River Thames at Windsor in Berkshire. In the foreground are people in restoration costume, with Windsor Castle in the distance. Artwork by Gordon Nicoll.

Poster produced for British Railways (Western Region) showing a royal barge on the River Thames at Windsor in Berkshire. In the foreground are people in restoration costume, with Windsor Castle in the distance. Artwork by Gordon Nicoll.

‘Royal Windsor’, GWR poster, 1935.  Poster produced for Great Western Railway, showing Windsor Castle. Artwork by Edward McKnight Kauffer

‘Royal Windsor’, GWR poster, 1935.
Poster produced for Great Western Railway, showing Windsor Castle. Artwork by Edward McKnight Kauffer

 

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