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Poster, Night Mail

Poster, Night Mail, quoting part of the poem by W H Auden written for and narrated in the documentary film of the same name (1936).
circa 1930s

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Communication Documentary Dome Euston Journey Mail Neoclassical Pauls Poem Poetry Postal Sorting Stars Track 1936 Auden Delivery


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EDITORS COMMENTS
Night Mail," a captivating poster from the 1930s, showcases an enchanting scene inspired by W.H. Auden's poem of the same name, as depicted in the groundbreaking 1936 documentary film. The design, a mesmerizing blend of white, black, and red hues, transports us back in time to the era of steam trains and the romantic allure of night-time railway travel. At the heart of the poster lies the iconic image of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, its neoclassical dome bathed in the soft glow of the moon and stars. The architectural masterpiece stands proudly against the backdrop of a dark, star-studded sky, as if to remind us of the enduring beauty and constancy amidst the ever-changing world. In the foreground, a neo-classical archway frames the image of a sorting office, where mailbags are being loaded onto a train. The red and white stripes of the railway track weave through the scene like veins, carrying the lifeblood of communication from one place to another. The poem's poignant lines, "Beside the engine hissing as it wakes to clear the shunters' shackles," resonate deeply as we imagine the mail train embarking on its nocturnal journey. The modern, engraving-style illustration captures the essence of the poem's themes of transport, delivery, and the transformative power of communication. The poster serves as a testament to the enduring allure of the written word and the magic of the railway, which continues to captivate our imaginations even in the digital age. This evocative poster is a must-have for poetry enthusiasts, art collectors, and anyone who appreciates the beauty and romance of the past. It is a captivating reminder of the power of words, the enduring allure of the night, and the transformative power of communication.

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