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Harold Jack - railway artist

Harold Jack - Railway Artist

Harold J. Jack 1900 - 1977

Harold’s career with the Victoria Railways spanned an amazing period of 56 years!

Harold commenced working for the Railways as a booking clerk at the age of 15 just as the First World war was drawing men overseas.

Harold’s father was a carpenter that built houses they lived in and built various pedestrian bridges for the VR (including Wangaratta & Echuca) and his grandfather had been an inspector of works for the VR. In fact there has been a six generation connection with the railways.

Harold continued as a clerk until he was 22 when he won the VR artist position from amongst 200 applicants. This placed him in the Advertising Division that created everything from stationary to multi sheet posters to train livery. You will see the major influence of the Art Deco style coming through in the posters in both illustration and typography.

During the Second World War Harold kept the books for Bookstall Division for the whole of Victoria whilst also being the poster artist.

Harold retired at 65 and then continued working part time until he was 72.

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Harold J. Jack 1900 - 1977