Pomegranate’s Railroad Posters of England
coloring book features 22 images from twentieth century railroad advertisements. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed. Click on the small picture to see an interior page.Introduction
Did you know that rail transport has been around for hundreds of years? Early railroads were simple wooden tracks, with wagons that were pushed along or hauled by horses. In the early 1800s, the first modern railway systems were developed in Britain, with trains hauled by steam locomotives. The early railways were used to transport goods, especially wagons filled with coal, but they soon began to carry passengers, too, and in 1830 the world’s first line connecting two cities opened between Liverpool and Manchester.
In the years that followed, people began to travel on railroads for day trips and on their holidays, and seaside towns and resorts grew as more and more visitors arrived by rail. By the 1890s the railway companies were hiring artists to produce colourful posters to encourage passengers to travel, and for the next sixty years railway posters sparked the imaginations of holidaymakers. They didn’t just show railways, and usually featured beautiful landscapes with charming villages, peaceful places that seemed far away from the hectic pace of modern life.
The twenty-two railway posters in this colouring book are shown as small pictures on the inside front and back covers. When you colour in the line drawings you might want to copy these colours, or perhaps you will decide to use your own.
We’ve left the last page of this book blank so that you can draw and colour a picture of your own. Where would you like to take a train? Will your picture have a locomotive in it? Or will it instead show where the train takes you—the seashore, the mountains, or a town with an ancient castle?
Sample of the selections:
1. Wilton Williams’s 1928 poster promotes Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. It shows two elegant women boating on the river, with the ruins of the castle in the background.
2. A fisherman wades through the water with a lobster in his basket in this 1931 poster by Frank Newbould that promoted travel to seaside towns on England’s east coast.
3. Andrew Johnson’s 1928 poster shows a seaside village on the Yorkshire coast in northern England.
4. Designed to promote travel to Somerset in southwest England, this 1936 poster by Frank Newbould shows a village with a cottage, old stone bridge, stream, trees, and rolling hills.
5. Some posters were inspired by historical events, and this one by Claude Buckle from 1952 shows Queen Elizabeth visiting Canterbury Cathedral in 1573 on her fortieth birthday.
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