A Rare British Railways poster featuring Hastings is set to sell for up to £1,500 at an auction next month.
The attractive period poster was produced by Hastings artist Daphne Padden for British Railways who were keen to show that Hastings was a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, which might explain why the couple on the beach are wearing overcoats.
The poster is not dated, but it is believed to have been produced in the early years of British Railways, which was formed in January 1948, that makes it about 60 years old. The relic will be auctioned at Christie’s South Kensington in London on Thursday, November 3 when it is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500.
The same auction house also sold a 1939 Southern Railway poster featuring Hastings and St Leonards in 2008 for £2,000 and in 2005, a 1930 Hastings and St Leonards poster produced for Southern Railway by artist Alfred Cocker Leighton – showing a smartly dressed family looking down at Hastings from the cliffs – sold for £1,320.
Artistic railway posters such as this which used to adorn railway station platforms and waiting rooms are now becoming increasingly valuable mementoes of a bygone era.