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Original Maritime Posters

The collection of original maritime posters focuses mainly on cruise liners and the great routes. Shipping companies caught on to the poster trend as early as the mid-19th century. The most famous French shipping companies to have commissioned artists to create posters include the Messageries Maritimes, the Chargeurs Réunis, the Compagnie Havraise Péninsulaire, the Compagnie Touache which went on to be sold to the Compagnie Mixte and the Compagnie Paquet. The Elbé maritime collection includes posters from shipping liners in other developed countries such as the Cunard Line and P&O amongst others. The Compagnie Générale Transatlantique and famous White Star Line enjoyed a virtual monopoly on transatlantic routes until the 1930’s and the advent of air travel. Shipping and railway companies captured the public’s imagination with posters bursting with exotic illustrations, often Orientalist, a western tradition that promoted the romantic idea of a faraway land. Schools in every European country emerged, creating specific movements for designing maritime posters. Cruises lasted several months and travelling to a port was also considered an important part of the adventure, not just to the final destination. Artists such as Sandy Hook, David Dellepiane and Albert Sébille all excelled in the art of designing posters. Many great naval painters also added one or several posters to their name. In the 1920s, the French Navy used posters as a recruitment tool by alluding to travel and the exotic unknown: “Join the Navy, you’ll be eligible for a bonus, a stipend and retirement benefits”. Charles Hallo, known as Alo signed a notorious picture portraying a Maharajah, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and sailors in uniform admiring the incredible scenery. The far corners of the world featured on the walls of small-town train stations, posters inviting travelers to explore the colonial Empire, its islands with the promise of adventure by taking to the oceans. Maritime posters became references in the art world in their own right, with the most famous pre-war art-deco example being one poster of the SS Normandie ocean liner signed by Cassandre.

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Vintage travel poster - Noel Revest - Circa 1950 - Compagnie Française de Navigation - Vers Israel - 39,4 by 24,6 inches
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Vintage travel poster by Noel Revest Circa 1950 - Compagnie...

Original vintage travel poster realised by Noel Revest Circa 1950, Compagnie Française de Navigation - Vers Israel

Printed by : SMAP Marseille

Type of print : Lithographie

Size : 39,4 x 24,6 inches

Linen backed

Condition A

Price €1,600.00
Vintage travel poster by Albert Brenet Circa 1950 -...
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Vintage travel poster by Albert Brenet Circa 1950 - Compagnie...

Original vintage travel poster realised by Albert Brenet Circa 1950, Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - Détente Repos Confort

Printed by : La Photolith Paris

Type of print : Offset

Size : 39,2 x 24,8 inches

Linen backed

Condition B+

Price €1,500.00
Vintage travel poster - Roger Broders - 1922 - Marseille PLM - 42,5 by 30,7 inches
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Vintage travel poster by Roger Broders 1922 - Marseille PLM

Original vintage travel poster realised by Roger Broders in 1922, Marseille PLM - Paris Lyon Méditerranée Marseille La grande métropole industrielle et commerciale

Printed by : Cornille & Serre

Type of print : Lithographie

Size : 42,5 x 30,7 inches

Linen backed

Condition A

Price €5,000.00
Vintage travel poster - Gilbert Galland - Circa 1925 - Levant - Extreme Orient - Messageries Maritimes - 41,9 by 29,5 inches
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Vintage travel poster by Gilbert Galland Circa 1925 Levant -...

Original vintage travel poster realised by Gilbert Galland Circa 1925, Levant - Extreme Orient Australasie Madagascar - Messageries Maritimes

Printed by : E. Bauvissat

Type of print : Lithographie

Size : 41,9 x 29,5 inches

Linen backed

Condition A

Price €3,000.00
Vintage travel poster by J. des Gachons 1958 -...
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Vintage travel poster by J. des Gachons 1958 - Messageries...

Original vintage travel poster realised by J. des Gachons in 1958, Messageries Maritimes - Indian Ocean & Pacific Ocean - Marseille India Ceylon Malaysia Vietnam Hong Kong Philippines Japan

Printed by : ED. Paris

Type of print : Offset

Size : 38,4 x 23,4 inches

Linen backed

Condition B+

Price €1,500.00
Vintage travel poster - Chargeur Réunis Fleur - 49.2 by 35 inches
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Vintage travel poster - Chargeurs Réunis

Original vintage travel poster, Chargeurs Réunis

Printed by : Devambez

Type of print : Lithographie

Size : 49.2 x 35 inches

Linen backed

Condition B (déchirure restaurée)

Price €1,500.00
Vintage travel poster - 1925 - Croisières En Méditerranée Paquebot Providence Marseille Alexandrie Beyrouth - 37.4 by 23.2 "
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Vintage travel poster from 1925 - Croisières En Méditerranée...

Original vintage travel poster realised by in 1925, Croisières En Méditerranée Paquebot Providence Marseille Alexandrie Beyrouth

Printed by : Alépée &Cie

Type of print : Lithography

Size : 37.4 x 23.2 inches

Linen backed

Condition B

Price €800.00
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