This original Indochina travel poster is a 1946 lithograph print from the Perceval studios in Paris, and was designed by Lucien Boucher (1889-1871). It was commissioned by the club of friends of French Indochina. Lucien Boucher started designing a planisphere series for Air France in 1934 and made a reputation for himself with his embellished maps. All major cities of the Annam, Cochinchina, Cambodia, Tonkin and Laos provinces are marked alongside drawings representing farmers, craftsmen, fishermen, miners and workers busy at their task. Native wildlife such as monkeys, cobras, elephants, tortoises and tigers is also featured. The Imperial City of Hue as well as the Angkor temples display the Khmer architecture or Chinese influence. While the purpose of this vintage poster was to remind the French settlers of Indochina’s strategic focus at a time when the Empire was being reorganised, it also betrays the sense of fear that haunted those who were about to find out they were on the wrong side of History.
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