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Striking late 1930s (circa 1937) poster promoting the electrified service from London to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The Portsmouth main line was electrified in 1937.

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The poster uses the typical lightning flash motif for electrified services, reinforced by setting the scene at night to show the bright lighting in the coaches - all reminiscent of the Southern's green and yellow livery.

The image was kindly sent to me by Paul Adams. who spotted it in a Melbourne auction where it sold for A$600 (about £400) early in 2013.

The artist was Jean d'Ylen.

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Keywords: Southern Railway; Portsmouth; Isle of Wight; 1930s; Railway; Poster; Four corridor trains per hour; Southern Electric; Electrification; poster; affiche; plakat; Jean d'Ylen

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