Thursday, 5 July 2012

Renault, Saint-André-de-Cubzac

Rising car ownership from the mid-1930s onward and the first paid holidays in 1936 saw traffic increase rapidly on the former Nationale 10 as people from Paris and around visited relatives and friends in the south west of France or headed towards the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. This was also the main thoroughfare towards Spain, Portugal, and beyond the straight of Gibraltar, Morocco.
Local businesses did not benefit much from this new traffic as people often brought whatever they needed for the journey with them and tried to reach their destination as quickly as possible. Garages were an exception and they appeared all along the road, ready to carry out repairs for which they sometimes charged holidaymakers an arm and a leg. Saint-André-de-Cubzac had several garages, including the one below, a franchise of French car manufacturer Renault.


Traces of earlier painted signs can be seen but not enough to be able to decipher anything.

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

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