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Cardinaux, Emil
La ligne du Simplon sur les rives du Leman, 1949
Inventory #SWL22163



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Cardinaux, Emil
La ligne du Simplon sur les rives du Leman, 1949

35.5 x 50.2 inches (90 x 128 cm)

Lithograph | Backed on linen

Inventory #SWL22163

Price Range: $3801 to $6500    


The Simplon Line is one of the most storied train lines on the planet. Joining Switzerland and Italy via the longest tunnel in the world in 1906, it became one of the wonders of the world.

With the electrification of the western side of the line in 1925, the Simplon again became famous - this time for its reliability, cleanliness, and speed. In 1925, Daniele Buzzi created the first ad for the line which accentuated its electrification. Three years later, Emil Cardinaux, the pioneer of Swiss travel posters, created what became the iconic image of the line, taken from the same spot but from a higher vantage point.

In 1949, the Swiss Federal Railway republished Cardinaux's image with a different title that highlighted the panoramic beauty of the route past the lakeside Chillon Castle near Montreux. In the distance loom the majestic Dents du Midi mountains.

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