'Passengers of the Past', LNER poster, 1929.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel to Scotland from King's Cross Station, London. The poster is illustrated with a scene of Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) in an LNER restaurant carriage raising a glass of wine and addressing James Boswell (1740- 1795), whose hand alone is visible. The lines of verse beneath the picture read 'The doctor said to Boswell "Sir, / It seemeth plain to me / That the Obvious Route to Scotland / Is from King's Cross LNE"'. This humorously anachronistic scene wittily alludes to Boswell's travels to Scotland with Dr Johnson and his habit of noting down his every remark for his biography, 'The Life of Dr Johnson'. Artwork by Austin Cooper.