Vitesse poster for the French State Railway!

In this episode, we’ll be visiting a 1934 Vitesse poster at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King.

This 1934 Vitesse poster was designed for the French State Railway and depicts the streamlined Bugatti Autorail designed by Ettore Bugatti. It’s extremely stylish. The Museum tell us of the era;

“Design in the machine age. The first half of the 20th century saw remarkable changes in design. Developments in mass manufacture and a commitment to good design produced objects that were attractive, affordable and functional. Designers exploited changes in technology and experimented with new materials such as metal alloys and plastics, and synthetic dyes. Changes in technology and manufacture went hand in hand with new ways of thinking about design”.

By Anthony King (c)