A great late art deco poster signaling optimism, speed and technology!
By Aage Rasmussen
22.8 x 35.2 in (58 x 89.5 cm)
Fair condition - wear/cease/paper loss on the edges, pinholes, a fold in the bottom - furthermore the poster has been resized - please see pictures
PLEASE NOTE: This poster has many imperfections which is heavily reflected in the price.
This version of this poster for Danish State Railways is the updated version from 1972. The layout and graphics is almost the same as the first version and the artist is also the same. The only surprising fact is that the 1972 version was printed in a smaller number than the first version which makes this version harder to find.
The first version of this poster was made in 1937 and displayed a express train overhauling an old steam train disappearing off the track. The poster is created by Aage Rasmussen as an international advertising for Danish State Rails (DSB) in 1937. Existing posters comes with either French, German and English subtitles.
After the completion of linking the island kingdom of Denmark with two important bridges (Storstrøm Bridge and Lillebælt Bridge) the director general Peter Knutzen of DSB got his idea of "express trains". He gets his new idea while spending his holiday in Northern Germany where he discovers the "The Flying Hamburger" - a high speed train between Hamburg and Berlin.
The opening of the new bridges makes Knutzen's vision sustainable. Without the cumbersome ferry it is possible to rush through half of Denmark with the breathtaking speed of 120 kilometers per hour. In 1972 they managed to speed up the train with just 20 K/PH! According to DSB the 1930s high speed trains is as fast on many stretches as their modern trains today (you do the math). The red high-speed trains had an enormous impact on DSB's image in the 1930s and the following decades - though relatively few people actually travel with them.
The poster is designed by poster artist Aage Rasmussen who got his breakthrough as a young man with the design of his first poster in when he proposed this poster for DSB. The poster was accepted by DSB on the spot and kick started Rasmussens career. Rasmussen made since several posters for DSB. Several of them were used as advertising abroad.
The minimalist Art Deco look makes a strong impression of this advertising poster and adds a very powerful look, which is even more enhanced by the track lines. I the combination of dark blue and brown color with red high speed train speeding through the night really creates the atmosphere of being a part of the progress and hope for the future.
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