Over the past few years, collecting railway posters has become more and more popular. This is partly due to the growth in the nostalgia market, and partly due to the fact that they are affordable and memorable. They are also within the living memory of many people, bringing pleasant reminders of what feel like simpler times.

When buying posters, carriage prints or railway memorabilia, it is important to be sure that items are genuine as mistakes can be expensive, and there are numerous fakes in the marketplace. For example, many apparent carriage prints are good colour photocopies, which are very difficult to identify once behind glass.

The quality of paper and its size is an indication of originality. Posters over 50 years old were made to go on display in the open for a limited time, and then discarded, so poor condition can actually be a positive indication, particularly when assessing wartime posters printed on lower grade paper.

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