A new set of images to evoke the ‘Golden Age of British Travel’ feature scenes from across the region including Stockport viaduct and towns across Cheshire.
The images, created by Chester based designer and artist Nicky Thompson, capture the many attractions of Mid Cheshire Railway Line.
The works are inspired by the designs of Frank Henry Mason – one of the UK’s most popular railway poster artists.
Characterised in a vintage style with blocks of bold colour, the posters depict scenes from towns including Stockport’s famous viaduct, Altrincham, Chester, Delamere, Hale, Knutsford, Lostock, Manchester and Northwich. A set of posters were also produced featuring the animals at Chester Zoo.
All 14 posters will be put on display at the Lion Salt Works Museum from August the 8th until September the 3rd, and postcards of the designs will be available for purchase in A3 and A2 size and pricing from £5.00 and £10.00.
Artist, Nicky Thompson, owner of Chester design studio Lemondrop Creative said:
“The posters draw on the work of Frank Henry Mason, one of the most influential poster designers of this era. In their day, these posters with their strikingly bold colours and experimental flat design were quite different and new. What is unarguable is that they were highly effective in creating an aspirational sense of adventure that drew city-dwellers to explore the countryside. I’m an Ellesmere Port lad, and as a Cheshire resident, it has been a total pleasure to produce the artwork for these posters. I hope everyone enjoys them.”
Sally Buttifant, Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer, said:
It is easy when you’re on a train not to appreciate what lies just beyond the station. We hope this poster campaign will open people’s eyes and encourage them to step off the train and explore – just like the visitors did in the 193os. Each station will feature its bright new poster and we hope commuters and rail goers will be interested and pleased by these colourful additions to the stations. To encourage interest in the free exhibition at the award-winning Lion Salt Museum, postcards of the poster will also be handed out at stations.”