Wall Art and Photo Gifts from National Railway Museum
Woolacombe & Mortenhoe, 1960
British Rail poster depicting a sunny view of a beach from a hotel balcony. A family gather in the foreground. Artwork by Harry Riley
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print from the National Railway Museum transports us back to the summer of 1960, capturing the essence of a quintessential British seaside holiday. The artwork, skillfully crafted by Harry Riley, showcases a picturesque view of Woolacombe and Mortenhoe beaches on a sun-drenched day. The poster depicts an idyllic scene that instantly evokes feelings of warmth and relaxation. From the vantage point of a hotel balcony, we are treated to an expansive vista of golden sands stretching out towards crystal-clear waters under a cloudless sky. The beach is teeming with life as families gather in the foreground, their laughter and joy echoing through the air. Riley's attention to detail is evident in every brushstroke; he effortlessly captures the vibrant colors and textures found within this coastal paradise. Each element harmoniously blends together - from the rolling waves gently crashing onto shorelines to children building sandcastles with unbridled enthusiasm. As we gaze upon this nostalgic image, it serves as a reminder of simpler times when families flocked to these shores for cherished moments together. It encapsulates not only an era but also embodies our collective longing for carefree days spent basking in sunshine. This remarkable piece stands as testament to British Railways' promotion of holidays by train during that period – encouraging people across Britain to explore their own country's natural beauty spots via rail travel.
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