Fairground posters : a theme emerges

I am sitting here on my own at Alton Towers chaperoning a group of teenage girls.  I am supposed to be watching them (they ditched me in the first 10 minutes).

By the way : The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride is being knocked down : which is a shame.

So some guardian I am. However it did give me an idea for a blog on thrill seeking posters.

Alton Towers grew up from a country house which still houses the Hex ride today. There weren’t many thrills to be had in the railway age so I can only find this one sombre example (the gardens are still here though and rather good)

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In modern times there are a plethora of throw away posters never destined to be on anyone’s wall

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Going back in time all fairground stories seem to start at Coney Island

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That last one in particularly resonates : Greetings from Asbury Park anyone ?

The UK’s own Blackpool though gives the US a run for its money though

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The first poster is by Septimus Scott who is one of my favourite poster artists. I love the way the image is unstaged but still appealing. Compare with image 4 (what is going on there ?)

And then some more :

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Blackpool’s promenades have been renewed again in recent times

In fact I have come across several very good Blackpool posters

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This one is listed as Anonymous but looks very much like Daphne Padden to me

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This slightly disturbing image also seems to be anonymous : whats happening here, are the artists ashamed of a Blackpool association


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Finally one that is attributed : Mr Games strikes again.

Now where have those little blighters gone ? ………

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