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1927 poster for the Nord Express by the influential artist Cassandre. The Nord Express was a luxury Pullman trans-European train that was established in 1896 (see Nord Express II). It ran betweem Paris and Saint Petersburg via Brussels, Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) and Dünaburg.


The border features the names of the Southern Railway, (Société Nationale des) Chemins de Fer Belges, Chemin de Fer du Nord (France), Deutsche Reichsbahn Ges(ellschaft), Polskie Koleje Panstwowe (Polish State Railways) and Compagnie (Internationale) des Wagons-Lits.

The routes described in the poster take a certain artistic licence, showing the train starting in either London or Paris and proceeding via Brussels or Liege respectively to Berlin, where the route divides to either Riga or Warsaw (Varsovie).

Mention of Saint Petersburg reminds me of one of my favourite soviet-era jokes. An old woman is asked 'Where were you born?' A: St Petersburg. 'Where did you grow up?' A: Petrograd. 'Where do you live now?' A: Leningrad. 'Where would you like to live?' A: St Petersburg! She got her wish, for good or ill...


Keywords: Nord Express; 1927; Cassandre; Pullman; Paris; London; Londres; Brussels; Liege; Cologne; Köln; Hanover; Berlin; Königsberg; Kaliningrad; Dünaburg; Saint Petersburg; Petrograd; Leningrad; Southern Railway; Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges; SNCB; Chemin de Fer du Nord; Deutsche Reichsbahn; Polskie Koleje Panstwowe; Polish State Railways; Compagnie (Internationale) des Wagons-Lits; Riga; Warsaw; Varsovie; soviet-era joke

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