Aeromaritime.

Paris, Mont-Louis, Clermont Ferrand, c. 1930.

62 x 99 cm, lithographed poster in full colour, a few short tears at head, repaired with backed on linen, A-.

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In the 1930s, commercial aviation was in its infancy in Africa. The French colonists decided to pioneer an air service, Aeromaritime, to enhance the existing maritime links between Senegal and the Congo, under the auspices of the Compagnie des Chargeurs Réunis, a shipping company, which subsequently leveraged the existing African commercial infrastructure. Launched on the Dakar to Pointe Noire coastline using amphibious planes such as that featured here, the efficacy of the project was significantly impeded by matters of sheer distance (more than 6000km), climate and rainforests. An interesting souvenir of the French colonial era in Africa.

Albert Brenet (1903-2005) was variously appointed Peintre de la Marine, de l’air and de l’Armée by the French Ministry of Defence. This poster exhibits his characteristic technical accuracy.

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