Only a compass pointing north with iron rails heading to infinity are needed to suggest a journey on the Chemin de fer du Nord, or French North Railway. This is one of several classic travel poster designs by Cassandre, the father of the Machine Age Art Deco poster style. It was his third masterpiece for the railroad, featuring streamlined airbrushed surfaces, dynamic composition, and active interplay of type and image.
Cassandre's talent was widely recognized in the '20s, and he became the first poster artist to be honored with a one-man show at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1936. He is generally considered to be the greatest poster artist of the century.