Artist: L. BESSON
Size: 23 1/4 x 31 1/2 in./59.2 x 80 cm
Printer: Création Avenir Publicité, Paris
Reference: Ref: Affiches d’Aviation, p. 111; Crouse/Deco, p. 28; PAI-LXI, 117
Key Words: Avation; Art Deco
"This incredible Art Deco image, which ties the tradition of high-seas couriers to the airborne new guard, is an exquisitely dramatic example of the way airmail service was being presented to the public in the 1930s. In this design, the silhouetted frigate and the seas upon which it sails are eclipsed by the streamlined fleet of Compagnie Générale-Aéropostale aircraft, in essence creating a lithographic dividing line between the antiquated and the modern. Compagnie Générale Aéropostale began operations in Toulouse in 1918 with the goal of serving the French colonies in Africa and South America" (Crouse/Deco, p. 28).