“Pays homage to the graphics and images that projected the American railroads as the epitome of speed and adventure in the mid-20th century.”
Vintage Railroad Postcards Streamline Style (Pack of 5)
Revel in the glamour of the American streamline age with these retro railroading postcards. This pack includes locos, logos, stations and carriages of the go-faster era. These cards use images from the collection of the author and designer, Ian Logan.
- RRP: £5.50 (incl. VAT)
- Format: 106 mm x 142 mm landscape
- Paper: 320 gsm Omnia Natural
- Weight: 31.25 g
- ISBN: 978 1 8733 2968 9
- Publication: October 2022
- UK: 75p
- International: £1.55
Ian Logan’s passion for vintage railroad graphics was rooted in a Fifties and Sixties childhood attuned to the sounds of folk, skiffle and blues. Hearing Lonnie Donegan’s hit ‘Rock Island Line’ on the radio in 1961 inspired Ian to pack up and go to America to see the names, the places and the trains for himself.
He has selected the images on these postcards from his collection of Kodachrome slides and printed ephemera, built up over a lifetime of journeys across America. You can now join him on a time traveller’s overland train trip back in time to the speed and glamour of the streamline era.
Sans Serif Type on Union Pacific Locomotive, 2016
American Railroad Timetables, 1930s-1960s
Santa Fe GP30 Locomotive 8742 passing Holbrook Station, Arizona, 1980s
Kansas City Southern Observation Car, Southern Belle, St Louis, 1972
Gulf Mobile & Ohio F3A Locomotive 883A, the Plug, Illinois, 1960
Ian Logan was at the centre of the design revolution that marked the end of post-war austerity. He studied at the Central School of Art and Design in London (now Central St. Martin’s), and won a scholarship to the Konstfack, Stockholm’s University of Arts, Crafts and Design. In the early 1960s he joined JRM Design, a fabric print company set up by a group of Central graduates in an almost derelict building in London’s East End. Ian and his partners produced prints for up-and-coming fashion designers such as Mary Quant and Jeff Banks, and designed a tin tray with a Middle Eastern-inspired motif that became enormously successful, first in Carnaby Street and then all over the UK.
Mad on Americana
In the mid-1970s he set off in a new direction. Inspired by decorative Victorian tin boxes, he produced a range of tins for Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Whittard of Chelsea and the National Trust. Commissions came from France, the Netherlands and the United States, for which he developed the Americana range featuring diners, gasoline stations and collectable cars. His obsession with Americana has inspired a book too. Logomotive is a tribute to the design and marketing of the American railroads of the mid-century, full to bursting with pictures and ephemera from Ian’s collection.