Cross-Channel • Boulogne Folkestone • 1920

Here is a lovely old postcard, c1920, of the cross channel boat, Onward, leaving Boulogne bound for Folkestone. What a beautiful ship. I especially like the cut-away stern detail of Edwardian ships and the rake of the funnels. The card is printed in softly textured chromo-litho.

Can you see the demon in the clouds?

Here are some bookmarks from the 1920s and 1930s that are associated with the railway services between London and Paris, and the associated cross-channel services.

The railway greatly expanded the need for reading material…and WH Smith began as a railway station bookstore. So these advertising bookmarks aren’t as unusual as you might think.

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Music of the Rails • Do the Locomotion • Little Eva • 1962

A wonderful sleeve, complete with dynamic typography and a high-speed SNCF electric loco. I’ve posted about these engines before, here

SNCF Electric Record Breakers

Wrap-around Winscreen • SNCF • 1960s

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Trans Siberian Prose • Sonia Delaunay + Blaise Cendrars • 1913

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Railway Map • Trans Europe Freight • 1975

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Railway Map • Central Europe • 1933

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Railway Map • International Connections from Prague • 1932

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Railway Map • France • 1969

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Railway Map • Germany • 1951

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World Metro • 2015

Here is a lovely graphic of all-the-world’s metros joining up into a single network.

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International Rail • Etoile du Nord • Paris Amsterdam • 1970s

Here is a photo, from the 1970s, of the famous Etoile du Nord international rail service between Paris and Amsterdam. This has been replaced by a TGV service.

Fast, but not so stylish.

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