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1929 poster for the Côte dAzur Pullman Express by Pierre Fixmasseau. The service ran from December 1929 to May 1939, originally from Paris to Vintimille on the Italian border. The train departed Paris at 08:50, arriving at midnight, some 15 h10 later. Which seems a long time.

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This image is perhaps a little off topic, but I've included it because it's a striking piece of work and, interestingly, carries the names of the railway companies involved (Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits and Chemin de Fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée ('PLM')) in a border in the same style as used in the Victoria-Dunkerque and Dunkerque-Folkestone posters, even though they share no common participants.

I have seen the artist's surname spelt Fix-Masseau.

One of these sold at Christie's in 1994. Condition was described as 'vertical and horizontal fold marks, restored margins, other repaired creases and tears, backed on linen'. The price? £1,320. Wonder what an original would fetch now?

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Keywords: Côte d'Azur; Pullman; Express; Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits; Chemin de Fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée; PLM; Pierre Fixmasseau; 1929; Art Deco

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