William P. Welsh
William P. Welsh
William P. Welsh (American, 1889-1984) was an illustrator, portrait painter, and muralist. He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and studied with Mary Kinkead; at the Art Students League (ASL) and under Frank V. DuMond; Academie Julian, Paris. He was also a member of the Society of Illustrators (SI) in New York City. Welsh won numerous prizes and medals for his work, exhibiting at the Art Institute of Chicago, the SI, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. He has illustrated magazine covers for Woman’s Home Companion, Hearst International Publications, and Cosmopolitan as well as travel posters for the Pullman Company.

This Vintage Travel Poster was featured in our 2006 exhibition “The Art of Travel”. Please follow the link to our exhibition page to see the Catalog of the Exhibition and additional information.

Vintage Travel Posters

American, British & Canadian Railroad Posters

September 15 - October 14, 2006

Meibohm Fine Arts
is proud to offer these rare 1920-30's original vintage travel posters from our archives. The collection of 20 American, British and Canadian posters represents railway companies, a railway car manufacturer, resort posters and national park posters.

With the emergence of travel by train that began in the early 1830’s, until it’s rise in popularity in the later part of the 19th century, advertising mostly took the stance of using leaflets, handouts and broadsides. Around the 1880’s, Europe began using a new form of printing called lithography to promote travel even further. The use of this new medium influenced American advertising agencies and artists so much that they used it for the next 75 years. The use of bright and vivid color encouraged travel to faraway exotic places and new frontiers, while challenging people to use their imaginations.
Most travel posters featured dramatic landscapes, architecture, trains, and sometimes female travelers, while offering first-rate comfort and class. By the 1920’s and 30’s, posters took on an array of different artistic styles. Numerous artists were commissioned to design them, and it was often the hope of most illustration artists to obtain a career in this highly desired field. One artist was quoted as saying that first impressions were everything -“Few colors, vivid, attention-compelling; striking, well-disposed composition; short and smashing copy.” These he argued, “…are the attributes that make a poster successful.”

Few posters have survived, as they were often printed on cheaper paper and were intended to have a life of about three months. Railway advertising posters continued to thrive and were used through the 1950’s. As a record of art and history they are highly collectible and actively sought-after today.

• Poster dimensions are in inches, height precedes width.
• All works include conservation framing.
• Additional biographical information on artists and railways is available.
• All Posters are guaranteed original vintage prints.
• Condition Grades:
“A” condition: a poster in very fine condition, with no restoration. Colors are fresh. Poster is archivally, backed and very clean.
“B” condition: a poster in good condition, possibly showing some staining, or minor restoration, any restoration will be fully disclosed.
“C”condition: a poster in fair condition, folds, creases and restoration will be apparent, as well as any paper loss, any restoration will be fully disclosed.