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Name of Object:

The railway

Other name of the Object (second name):

Part of the rail transport system

Location:

Paris, France

Holding Museum:

National Library of France

Date:

19th century

Type of object:

Epinal print

Artists:

Anonymous

Museum Inventory Number:

IF-MAT 13

Description:

Epinal prints take their name from the eponymous town in the Vosges region of France. These stencil-coloured lithographies with simple designs became very popular during the 19th century, thanks to their modest price and popular themes. This particular print is aimed at explaining the new railway system to rural communities, by illustrating the different jobs related to this mode of transport (station master, porter), and the types of people interested in faster transportation (soldiers, tourists, merchants). The different classes (from first to third) and their varying levels of comfort are also shown. This helped dispel and ridicule the fear transport had evoked.

Archival or Bibliographical Reference:

IF-MAT 13

Citation of this web page:

 "The railway" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;fr;17;en&id=cartoons_and_caricatures

Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: FR 017