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18 April, 2008

Ragged remains

I noticed quite a lot of renovation work going on in the Paris Metro last month, with a couple of key stations closed outright.  The Independent reports that workers are uncovering a citywide 'gallery' of advertising posters going back at least as far as the 1930s.

Unfortunately, it's a bittersweet discovery: there's no intention to save any of the attractive and presumably valuable artwork:

A friendly woman in the Metro Bus technical department said: "Yes, many of these sites are extraordinary. Unfortunately, there are no plans to preserve any of these old posters. The RATP are not poets. They are a public transport company and committed to their renovation programme."
Maybe the UnterGunther could help....

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