Railroad Posters of Ireland Coloring Book
Pomegranate’s Railroad Posters of Ireland
coloring book features 22 railroad advertisements from the twentieth century. 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
Before airplane travel became common and the car was a household possession, travel by train was the fastest way to get around the British Isles. During the early 1900s, British railway companies offered train and ferry services throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Essential to the rail industry was the advertising that brought travelers on board, so accomplished artists were hired to create enticing posters showing a variety of holiday destinations. The posters included in this colouring book were commissioned by British railway companies to attract train and ferry travelers to Ireland’s ancient cities, seaside resorts, and natural wonders. These posters are now part of the extensive collection of the National Railway Museum, York.
All twenty-two original posters are shown as small pictures on the inside front and back covers of this book. When you colour in the line drawings, you might want to copy the artists’ original colours, or you might decide to use your own.
We’ve left the last page of the book blank so that you can draw and colour a picture of your own. Imagine where you would like to travel and what fun you’d like to have there. Remember to include drawings of the friends, family members, or other companions you would ask to come along.
Sample of Selections:
1. This poster from 1955 promotes travel to the seaside town of Bangor. Designed by A. J. Wilson, it shows a view of boats in the harbor, with holiday visitors sunbathing on the rocks.
2. Norman Wilkinson designed this poster in the 1930s to promote Ireland as a holiday destination. It shows the Rock of Cashel, with its medieval castle, cathedral, and tower.
3. Artist Jack Merriott designed this poster in the 1950s to promote rail and sea travel to Southern Ireland. It shows a lake with mountains in the background.
4. This poster, designed by Clodagh Sparrow to bring visitors to Ireland, shows a lake with mountains in the distance.
5. Paul Henry’s poster, which dates from about 1925, shows a rural view of cottages on a green hill with a path stretching out to
the mountains in the distance. It was designed to attract visitors to Connemara.
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