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By David Rooney on

Cheap Trips This Easter

Many of you will doubtless have plans to get away this Easter (weather permitting). If you’re off, I hope you have a great break.

Back in the 1920s, more and more people were getting paid time off, and leisure recreation was booming. Railway companies offered special cheap tickets for the Easter getaway. This 1928 poster, from Manchester’s Victoria Station, advertised excursions to destinations across the country.

Easter cheap tickets railway poster, 1928 (NRM / Science & Society)

Sightseers could visit a wide range of resorts, from the rural idyll of Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere, poster (NRM / Science & Society)

to the racy delights of Blackpool.

Blackpool, poster, 1960 (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

Looking at the weather forecast today, though, I suspect the beach break may not be the best option in 2010… Happy Easter!