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A great late art deco poster signaling optimism, speed and technology!
The poster was made by Danish State Railways (DSB) and lets you know that you can take the train day and night. The message is empathized by two trains passing each other - signaling heavy traffic after dark.
The locomotive on the poster is the DSB diesel locomotive Litra MZ - No. 1401. Danish State Railways commissioned a total of 26 of the model which was made in 1967-70. The Litra MZ was made obsolete in the early 1990s. In fact I found a picture of the exact locomotive (no. 1401) and the angle and position is so similar to the locomotive on the poster that I guess the artist was inspired by the photo: www.jernbanesider.dk/MZ/SerieI/scan0068.jpg.
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. The locomotive that pennetrates the darkness and lights up the night enhances the message and the multi-colored stripes signaling (and the frog perceptive) speed and power. What a great poster!
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