Colorful, easy to carry and generally inexpensive to print, posters have been an advertising staple for more than a century. In the last decade, their form has also expanded beyond paper to include digital versions displayed on monitors. For American railroads, posters have ranked with calendars and timetables as a primary way to inform the public about their services.
Amtrak is no different from its predecessors in this regard. When it began operations in 1971, the company had the challenge of telling Americans why it had been created by Congress, what services it offered, and why travelers should ride its trains. Posters, generally meant for short-term use, are now appreciated as works of art admired for their designs and storytelling.
We thank Amtrak for the opportunity to offer this advertisements as prints.