1950's French Line card poster advertising the SS Liberte with the design by the renowned French graphic artist Bernard Villemot (1911-1989) Measures 87cm x 64cm.
The SS Europa was the pride of Norddeutscher Lloyd Line in the 1930s. She was the sister ship of the SS Bremen. Sadly the Second World War caused an end to her years in German hands and she was handed to the French as war reparations.
As SS Liberte, the ship became the stop gap flagship for CGT (Compagnie Generale Transatlantique) French Line as a replacement for the legendary SS Normandie that had been lost during the Second World War. She was transformed into the pride of France and finally was retired in 1961 after serving two great nations.
The Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, and commonly named "Transat"), typically known overseas as the French Line, was a French shipping company. Established in 1855 by the brothers Émile and Issac Péreire under the name Compagnie Générale Maritime, the company was entrusted by the French government to transport mails to North America.
www.cruiselinehistory.com/the-french-line-ss-liberte-1950s/ - this link is a good read to the ships history and shows the poster.
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