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Because of its proximity to the continent the Southern Railway suffered more than most during the Second World War. This 1945 poster by L A Webb looks forward optimistically to post-war station repairs and refurbishment, but pointedly it refers to the availability of men and materials.

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The text reads 'SHABBY? Yes! This station does need smartening up. It will take time to see to over 800 S.R. stations, but it will be done as soon as we get the men and materials.'

It took some time for men to return from abroad, the post-war economy was a complete mess and the winter of 1946-7 was one of the harshest on record, so little work had been completed when the Southern was nationalised in 1948.

The paintbrushes are presumably filled with Malachite Green and Sunshine Yellow paint.

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Keywords: Southern Railway; Poster; Shabby; 1945; L A Webb; Malachite; Post-war; Sunshine Yellow; Repair; Station

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