December 9, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea poster to go under the hammer
iconic 1960s tourism poster promoting Burnham-On-Sea as an ideal
holiday destination is expected to sell for more than £1,000
when it's auctioned this week.
original poster - which is emblazoned with the words 'Burnham-On-Sea
- The Favourite Family Resort' - features a busy beach scene with
The Esplanade in the background and has been given an estimate
of £1,000-£1,500 by experts at a Dorset auctioneer.
poster was produced for British Railways during the 1960s to encourage
visitors to 'travel by train' to Highbridge West railway station.
It was designed by poster artist Peter Walbourn, who died in 2002,
and measures 102cm x 63cm.
It will go on sale at Onslows Auctioneers.
the early and middle parts of the 20th century when comparatively
few people owned cars, enterprising railway companies commissioned
artists to produce eye-catching posters to boost rail travel to
resorts like Burnham and this is a prime example," a local
historian told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
2007, another original vintage poster promoting the town sold
at Christies in London for £660, which was double the estimate.