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The Isle of Wight, BR poster, 1949

The Isle of Wight, BR poster, 1949



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The Isle of Wight, BR poster, 1949

Poster produced for British Railways (BR) to promote rail travel to and within the Isle of Wight. The poster shows a map of the island, The Garden Isle, with landmarks and places of interest indicated along with routes from the mainland. Artwork by Tom Smith

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This print takes us back to the year 1949, when British Railways (BR) sought to entice travelers to explore the enchanting Isle of Wight. The poster, skillfully crafted by artist Tom Smith, serves as a visual invitation to discover the island's hidden treasures and natural beauty. The artwork showcases a meticulously detailed map of this idyllic destination known as "The Garden Isle". Every landmark and point of interest is thoughtfully indicated, enticing viewers with promises of adventure and exploration. From sandy beaches that kiss the sparkling sea to lush green landscapes dotted with charming villages, this poster encapsulates the essence of what makes the Isle of Wight so alluring. Notably, routes from mainland Britain are also highlighted on this vintage masterpiece. They serve as gateways for eager travelers seeking an escape from their everyday lives into a world filled with tranquility and serenity. As we gaze upon this historical artifact preserved by the National Railway Museum, we cannot help but be transported back in time. We imagine ourselves embarking on a journey through rolling hills and picturesque coastal towns while embracing the freedom that rail travel offers. This print not only captures our attention but also stirs within us a sense of wanderlust—a desire to experience firsthand what made British Railways believe that venturing into The Isle of Wight was an opportunity not to be missed.

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