Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dunkerque, France

Spelt in English as Dunkirk, meaning 'dune church', this French port located only 10 km from Belgium is best known for the mass evacuation of some 338,000 Allied soldiers following the collapse of the French defense against Hitler, which took place between 27 May and 3 June 1940.

One notes the reference to Folkstone on the poster featuring the 63 metre tall lighthouse or phare from 1842.  Folkstone is the subject of an earlier post.

The poster from 1927 advertising cargo to North Africa seems a little strange; one would have thought sending it by rail to Marseille and by sea from there would have been shorter and quicker.

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