Thursday, 28 June 2012

Imprimerie, Saint-André-de-Cubzac

Saint-André-de-Cubzac owes much of its prosperity to its market and the vineyards of the area. The small town also benefited from its location, at the junction of several important roads. Until the opening of the motorway in the mid-1970s, the town was a welcome stop before crossing the River Dordogne on the Paris to Bordeaux road (the former Route Nationale 10). Another road linked Saint-André with the other towns and cities along the northern bank of the River Dordogne. Finally it is at Saint-André that the road towards Saintes, La Rochelle, Nantes and Saint-Malo (the former Route Nationale 137) branches off from the Bordeaux road.
This explains the presence in town of several ghost signs for major companies. But these are not the only ones. Some local trades have also left their marks on the walls of the town.
One of them, across the road from the chancel of the romanesque church of Saint-André-du-Nom-de-Dieu, is a former imprimerie (printing works). Strangely, the central part of this ghost sign has completely disappeared and while 'imprimerie' was easy to guess, I have no idea who was running it.

Imprimerie ... ...inger



Location: Rue Nationale, Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde / Pictures taken in May 2012

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