The LNER posters are examples of some of the most beautiful British graphic artwork produced in the 1930s. The London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) was the second largest of the four railway companies created by the Railways Act 1921 in Britain and it continued as a company until nationalisation on 1 January 1948.
Although the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) carried more than a third of Britain’s coal in the years before WW2 and over two thirds of its income came from freight, the main image the company liked to present, albeit slightly unrealistic, was one of sunshine, romance, fast trains and sophistication. Influenced by the London Underground posters LNER commissioned the top graphic designers and artists to promote its services and encourage the public to visit the holiday destinations of the east coast in the summer.
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