Railway posters to go on show

HISTORICAL railway posters will be on show in Portishead during a special exhibition.

As part of efforts to promote tourism, train companies used to commission artists to paint picturesque scenes for use on station posters.

Until recently, many of these were discarded or destroyed as new forms of travel became available and marketing companies used more creative ways to sell.

However, the value of these posters was soon recognised by author and steam train enthusiast, Richard Furness, who began listing and categorising them.

This month an exhibition of such posters will be held at Pure Offices at Kestrel Court in Harbour Road, Portishead, in partnership with Dr Furness.

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This will be open from 10am-4pm from March 22-24 and there will be more than 70 posters on show. Dr Furness will also sign copies of his latest book in the Poster to Poster series.

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