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Holidays and travel
Whether intending to travel far afield or stay closer to home, now is the time of year many think of packing their bags and escaping it all.
Our images below show the charm of traditional British seaside resorts, alongside some historical sights. One photograph shows Edwardian bathers tentatively venturing into the ocean, while Caernarfon Castle in Wales is depicted in an amusing illustration by Nathaniel N Thomas.
The National Archives holds a large range of travel posters promoting destinations from across the UK, several of which are shown below. Cartoons by artists such as Tom Browne show the chaos that can ensue along the way.
Exotic destinations such as Hawaii and the pyramids of Eygpt also sit side by side with a leaflet for Croydon Airways, which boasts a daily service to European cities.
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Empire Marketing Board, 1927-1933 poster 'Gibraltar', by artist Charles Pears/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/co956-688-empire-marketing-board-1927-1933-poster-gibraltar-artist-charles-pears.jpg
Catalogue reference: CO 956/688
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, 1889/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-396-(54)-ventnor-isle-of-wight-1889.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/396 (54)
Magical Margate, 1907/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-259pt1-(33)-magical-margate-1907.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/259 pt1 (33)
'Advance', Charles Hay Austin, 1902/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-458-advance-charles-hay-austin-1902.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/458
Welsh lady and tourist with Caernarfon Castle behind, Nathaniel N Thomas, 1903/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-209-(320)-welsh-lady-and-tourist-with-carnarven-castle-behind-nathaniel-n-thomas-1903.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/209 (320)
'When mother travels', Tom Browne, 1903/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-209-(362e)-when-mother-travels-tom-browne-1903.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/209 (362e)
North of Scotland Railway, Cruden Bay, 1903/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-204-(449)-north-of-scotland-railway-cruden-bay-1903.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/204 (449)
Winsome Winnie, 1903/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-205-(22)-winsome-winnie-1903.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/205 (22)
'Come and see London airport, Northolt airport'/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/inf13-233-(3)-come-and-see-london-airport-northolt-airport.jpg
Catalogue reference: INF 13/233 (3)
'Crilly' Airways, Croydon, April 1936/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/rail243-249-(1)-crilly-airways-croydon-april-1936.jpg
Catalogue reference: RAIL 243/249 (1)
Sphinx and pyramids, Cairo photograph, W Meakin, 1907/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/copy1-514-(54)-sphinx-and-pyramids-cairo-photograph-w-meakin-1907.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/514 (54)
Drawing of Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii/images/imagelibrary/showcase/holidays-and-travel/mfq1-566-drawing-of-kealakekua-bay-hawaii.jpg
Catalogue reference: MFQ 1/566
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