Off the Beaten Track 1935
How could one tempt the boldest travelers to Finland? The answer was that we had to offer something that no other place could. As a result, the advertising people in Hull, England, came up with the brilliant slogan: Finland – Off the Beaten Track.
In other words, Finland was described as a country that the tourist hordes had not yet discovered, a country beyond the well-beaten tracks. The slogan was presumably used for the first time already in 1904 and it retained its popularity all the way until the Second World War. A new poster or a brochure cover with a new illustration was published almost every year.
Why Hull? Because the Finland Steamship Company had a direct route from the English coastal town to the end destination of Helsinki, via various cities along the Baltic Sea. This became the proud Finland Line – a bridge between England and Finland.
In a smart business move, the adventurous tourists were warned that soon it could be too late to discover the unspoiled Finland, like in this brochure from 1928:
”Come to Finland NOW, before the charm and freshness is spoilt. Why not come this year?”
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