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1930s poster for use in France advertising channel crossings via Calais-Dover or Boulogne-Folkestone. This was a joint production by Chemin de Fer du Nord and the Southern Railway. The main text translates as 'Towards England...the shortest crossing'. Artist: Henri Biais.

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The poster combines the coastlines of Southern England and Northern France with the funnel of a ship (ferry) and the chimney of a locomotive. Both funnel and chimney spew forth smoke (somewhat cleaner than the real thing), the smoke defining the outline of the two land masses.

I'm unsure of the precise date of the poster. I have seen it given as c. 1930 and, from an auction house, 1935.

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Keywords: Southern Railway; poster; advert; Chemin de Fer du Nord; channel crossing; Calais; Dover; Douvres; Boulogne; Folkestone; 1930; 1935; Art Deco; la traversée la plus courte; Henri Biais; London Victoria; Londres; Paris Gare du Nord;

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