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TRAVEL POSTERS

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

138 lots with images

November 15, 2004

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

ANONYMOUS

Lot 1: ANONYMOUS "ADRIATICA." 1938.

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Description: 39x25 1/4 inches. Barabino & Graeve, Genoa.Condition A-: restored losses and restoration in bottom margin.Creating sprays of wake, one of the majestic ships in the Adriatic Line is speeding through ocean waters beneath a golden, winged lion. One of the several shipping companies to emerge from the breakup of Italy's state controlled shipping agency in 1937, Adriatica, based in Venice, served ports on the Adriatic Sea. The winged lion represents the city of Venice. The Latin inscription reads "Peace be with you, Mark, my Evangelist." It is a reference to St. Mark, who allegedly stopped on one of the Venetian islands during his travels and whose remains are said to rest in St. Mark's basilica, built especially for that purpose.

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Lot 2: "ADRIATICA" / TOUTE LA MEDITERRAINEE ORIENTALE. Circa 1938.

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Description: 39x27 inches.Condition B: replaced left and right margins; restored losses in margins; minor creases in image.A ship is set out on a course cleverly depicted as across the horizon and around the globe, her route is a line of flags comprising countries along the coast of the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean. Based in Venice and accessing "all of the eastern Mediterranean," here the Adriatica line uses singularly Cassandre-esque graphique design to promote itself.

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Lot 3: "ADRIATICA" VENISE. Circa 1938.

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Description: 39 1/2x27 inches. Besozzi, Milan.Condition A: minor overpainting in margins.Sailing from Venice, the black hull of this powerful ship is churning up a wake in the blue waters as it speeds its way towards distant, exotic destinations: The Parthenon in Athens and The Great Church Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Begun in 1937, The Adriatica Line specialized in services from Italy to countries in the Mediterranian and Orient.

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[AIR FRANCE]. Group of 6 small-format posters. Circa 1938.

Lot 4: [AIR FRANCE]. Group of 6 small-format posters. Circa 1938.

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Description: Each approximately 19 1/2x12 1/4 inches.Condition varies, generally B+. paper.Air France issued their posters in two sizes, 40x25 inches and this smaller format. These rare, pre-war images were designed by Garetto, Solon, Vinci, Chanove, Koch and Periere. They advertise Air France routes to The Extreme-Orient, Rome (via Ala Littoria), service by the Fleche d'Orient and others.

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ALASKA AND THE YUKON / CANADIAN PACIFIC.  1936.

Lot 5: ALASKA AND THE YUKON / CANADIAN PACIFIC. 1936.

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Description: 39 1/2x25 inches.Condition A-: expertly repaired tear and minor creases in margins. Silkscreen.The Klondike gold rush ot the end of the 19th century began a coastal shipping boom in British Columbia. Seeing the potential of such a migration of men, the Canadian Pacific Railway purchased the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company and built up its line. Their ships on the Northern route became the lifeline of many isolated ports up the coast of British Columbia to the Alaska Panhandle. By the 1930s Canadian Pacific was operating cruises to the region, promoting the indigenous population and natural beauty of the land. Not in Canadian Pacific.

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