Sabena Belgian Airlines.
1950 (undated) 36 x 22 in (91.44 x 55.88 cm)
A very attractive c. 1950 art deco aviation map poster advertising Sabena Airlines. Drawn by the illustrator Claude Dohet, this highly decorative pictorial map is intended to illustrate Sabena Belgian Airlines routes in Africa. In the middle of the 20th century Sabena maintained on of the largest air networks in Central Africa, then the Belgian Congo, scheduling regular flights between Brussels, Kano, and Stanleyville, among others. During this era Stanleyville (today's Kisangani) in particular was the darling of the Belgian Congo, where Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart filmed 'The African Queen' (1951), but just 10 short years later, following Congolese independence, Stanleyville would turn into a battleground and remain so for the subsequent 20 years. The map itself recalls Belgium's cartographic heritage with its Renaissance style cartouche (evocative of Mercator and Ortelius), depictions of 18th century sailing ships, and elaborate compass rose. It is further elaborated by pictorial illustrations of European and Congolese people, and a dramatic illustration of the city of Kano (Nigeria) at its height. This poster was printed in Brussels, Belgium.
Very good. Backed on archival tissue. A few minor creases, margin tears, etc - all repaired.