Size: 24.25 x 39 inches
A spectacular, and spectacularly rare, poster for the Companie Generale Transatlantique and it's joint venture with the PLM railroad. Created between 1858 and 1862 from the amalgamation of the earlier Paris-Lyon and Lyon-Méditerranée companies, and subsequently incorporating a number of smaller railways, the PLM operated chiefly in the south-east of France, with a main line which connected Paris to the Cote d'Azur by way of Dijon, Lyon and Marseille. As such, it was perfected positioned to offer a train/oceanliner experience to it's traveling passengers.
The Compagnie Generale Transatlatinque was founded in 1861 and was known overseas as the "French Line". In its present iteration, it is known as "CMA CGM S.A.," and it is the third largest container company in the world.
Offering passage to North African ports such as Tunis, Bizerte, Algiers, Phillipeville (now known as Skikda, Algeria), Oran and Bône (also in Algeria), the combination travel promised door-to-door arrival of a previously unheard of 37 hours.
Poster is unlined, in overall excellent condition and ready to frame.
From a private collection.