Mr Crownfolio brought this to my attention with the description ‘sense of proportion failure’ and he’s not far wrong there.
This delectable image from the late 1970s is on offer to you for the grand sum of three hundred pounds. Yes, £300. And that’s the starting bid, not even a Buy It Now. I was going to say that I’m lost for words, but I’m not, I have found them. Not all railway posters are worth a lot of money. Especially not this one.
But in trying to find out who was responsible (for the poster, not the eBay listing), I did come across a couple of rather fine Chessington items. They’re both by Bromfield, the first from 1962, the second two years later.
And if you go fiurther back, to somewhere in the late 1930s, there is this, by Burley.
If you like it, one of the same series, featuring an elephant this time, is up for sale from Dodo Posters. And for £375.
But ifor a complete overview of how railway poster design went downhill from these designs to the 1970s, as Chessington changed from a Zoo and Circus to a World of Adventures, then this is the page for you.
The above is just a short excerpt; sadly, there is a lot more where they came from. I dare you to take a look.
Finally, though, I have to say I’m grateful to the eBay seller in the end. The poster is part of a whole trove of Chessington memorabilia, including this programme.
Which is so good – and so much cheaper – that we bought it. When it arrives I may be able to tell you who the graphic designer is; then again I may not. Why didn’t the posters look like this then?