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Torquay Travel Posters

These are a collection of Torquay posters, English Riveria brand posters, and a couple of Paignton and Brixham posters. Some of these are from the early years of the 20th century, but in particular, post-war, as the railways adopted these as a means of promoting travel and holidays. If you wish to see more about the railways' history of posters, then please try this link. For more information on posters' styles, this is commented below the images.

Romantic and Early Travel Posters (Late 19th Century)
The late 19th century marked the inception of the travel poster, driven by the burgeoning tourist industry thanks to advancements in the transportation system, particularly in the Alps and other European regions. Initially, these posters were crafted by railway companies, tourist destinations, and hotels to allure travellers with romantic depictions of idyllic sceneries and cog-railways.

Avant-Garde Travel Posters (Early 20th Century)
By 1908, this new approach captured the majestic essence of unique places such as the Matterhorn and set a precedent for a more dynamic and expressive graphic design in travel posters, inspiring Swiss artists for years to come.

Art Deco Travel Posters (1920s and 1930s)
The Art Deco period transformed travel poster design by adopting straight lines and geometric forms, contrasting the curves of Romantic and Art Nouveau styles. European locations were indicative of the period's fascination with modernity and luxury.

Posters Created by Painters (Mid-20th Century)
Post-World War II  saw new distinctive styles to create travel posters transcending mere advertising to become art pieces. Their work reflected the cultural changes and contributed to the evolving narrative of travel poster art.

Artistic Transportation Posters (Late 20th Century)
The latter half of the 20th century witnessed transportation companies. These posters not only advertised the allure of travel but also embodied the artistic movements of their time, offering viewers a glimpse into the cultural and aesthetic sensibilities of the era.

Fifties and Modernism (1945-1960)
The post-World War II era ushered in a renewed sense of optimism and a shift towards leisure, health, and relaxation in travel advertising. This period marked a significant evolution in the design and intent of travel posters, highlighting emotional values and the pleasures of modern life.

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