1935 East Asiatic Company - Passenger Service by Edmund Bille - Original Vintage Poster

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Artist: Edmund Bille

Print: Lithography - (Signed in print. Print by Dansk Papirvarefabrik, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Dimensions: 24.4 x 39 in (62 x 99 cm)

Condition: Overall good condition - tiny tear and light wear on the edges and handling/folding signs - please see pictures. Most of the imperfections is coverable with a frame.

Dissemination: Very rare 

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A magnificent art deco poster from The East Asiatic Company portraying the legendary ship - Jutlandia!

Jutlandia was built as a state-of-the-art ship in 1934 in Denmark and sailed en route between Copenhagen via The Ceylon Straits and Siam to Bangkok. During the Nazi invasion of Denmark in 1940 she narrowly escaped being bombed by both axis and allied forces though she was a not a military target.

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Denmark's committed to assist the United Nations and to provide humanitarian aid to the Allied forces in South Korea. The decision was not straightforward: the atmosphere between the cold war superpowers was tense, and Denmark had to find a way to support the UN in without appearing aggressive. There was very quickly made ​​pharmaceuticals available and after negotiations it was agreed that Denmark also sent a hospital ship. In the fall of 1950 EAC accepted to make Jutlandia available to the Danish government while she was en route to New York. With three different flags in the mast (Dannebrog, the Red Cross and the UN flag), Jutlandia had a capacity of 350 patients at the same time. In all she made in back and forth to Korea three times during the war before she served as a royal yacht for the king of Thailand and his entourage during the official visit in Scandinavia. After that Jutlandia continued to sail between Copenhagen and Bangkok before she finally ended her days in 1965.

The East Asiatic Company Ltd. traces its origins back to 1884 when the founder of the Company, Captain H.N. Andersen, started a trading and shipping business between Thailand and Denmark. The Company was formally registered in Denmark in 1897 and from this date on it has pursued a worldwide business within trading, shipping and industry.

Each ship is beautifully drawn each with very fine details such as the lifeboats, ship names and flags. The six ships each have different destinations: Australia, China/Japan, New York, Pacific Straits, Bangkok and India. Yes - this was indeed the heydays for seafaring passenger transportation only a decade before breakthrough of commercial airliners.

The East Asiatic Company Ltd. traces its origins back to 1884 when the founder of the Company, Captain H.N. Andersen, started a trading and shipping business between Thailand and Denmark. The Company was formally registered in Denmark in 1897 and from this date on it has pursued a worldwide business within trading, shipping and industry.

This is a great nostalgic shipping poster which has it all - the global impression, the mighty ship seen from below and the sail route of the vessel - along with the great colors and typography of the poster this is an absolutely stunning poster.

Please note: I have seen a few vintage poster dealers stating the this poster is from the 1950. As Ceylon (a destination name on the poster) gained Independence from the British on the 4th February 1948 and changed to its present name, Sri Lanka, the poster has to be older before 1950s. Another thing is the typography of the poster - the types on this poster was very popular in the the 1930 - less common during the 1940s and forth. 

Thanks a lot for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.

REF: 13TS04

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1935 East Asiatic Company - Passenger Service by Edmund Bille - Original Vintage Poster

1935 East Asiatic Company - Passenger Service by Edmund Bille - Original Vintage Poster

Artist: Edmund Bille

Print: Lithography - (Signed in print. Print by Dansk Papirvarefabrik, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Dimensions: 24.4 x 39 in (62 x 99 cm)

Condition: Overall good condition - tiny tear and light wear on the edges and handling/folding signs - please see pictures. Most of the imperfections is coverable with a frame.

Dissemination: Very rare