Railway Photography • Pierre Boucher • France • 1950s

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Railway Photography • Pierre Boucher • France • 1950s

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Railway Chess • John Jaques • c1900

John Jaques are a famous firm of games makers in London. They are best known for manufacturing the famous Staunton pattern chess sets. I’ve posted before about old chess sets, here

https://paulrennie.rennart.co.uk/post/115315079250/chess-sets-gb-late19c-early20c

https://paulrennie.rennart.co.uk/post/115315079250/chess-sets-gb-late19c-early20c

This is a page of adverts from a small book, The ABC of Chess, published by Jaques and given away with their sets. The book is mysteriously signed by A Lady…and also includes notes about the moral virtues of chess by Benjamin Franklin. I guess that this copy, from the 11th edition, dates from about 1880.

The book describes the rules of chess and has a few problems to help players develop their thinking.

I love the link between games and the railway from more than 100 years ago. Nowadays, we play on our smartphones.

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Arrivals + Departures • USA • WW2

The railway station platform departure became a classic street-photography subject during WW2.

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Model Railway • Sir Rod Stewart • 2019

Here’s a picture of Rod Stewart’s model railway lay-out…It’s terrific.

Rod Stewart is a music industry legend who has sold more than 120 million records.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Stewart

It’s based on an idea of urban america from the (railway) machine age. A bit like combining a painting by Charles Sheeler with one by Edward Hopper. (I’ve posted about both those artists and railway painting subjects before).

Rod is interested in the wear-and-tear of the great American city…and is adept at the details of weathering etc. Co-incidentally, one of Rod’s first hit songs was, Dirty Old Town…

The lay-out is based in LA, and has taken 23 years to build, so far.

There are quite a few music business model railway fans – Neil Young and Pete Waterman amongst others.

Here’s the link to the story

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50403561

and to my previous posts about Sheeler and Hopper…

The American city is usually conceptualised as “a shining city on a hill” and has, from the first modern settlements onwards, aspired to utopian status. Sadly, the history of America is suggestive of the corruptions associated with monopoly capitalism, scale and gangsterism. Utopia, recast as Gotham. Rod Stewart understands that nothing is as grand as ruins…

Here is a short post about the disruptions of machine acceleration in relation to American culture.

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Railway Poster • Canada • 1940s

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Railway Poster Artwork • US • 1930s

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Railway Poster • US • 1951

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Railway Poster • US • 1930s

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Railway Poster • US • 1936

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