Jute postal bag with printed labels


What more everyday and eminently useful than labels. Not just the fancy ones that easily find collectors. Rather the resolutely utilitarian and largely invisible ones that make the movement of goods possible. This jute bag was preserved by the French printer-historian and ephemerist Marius Audin after having been used by a Polish correspondent to send books from Poland to Lyon (France), probably in 1928. As it passed from Warsaw through Germany to France it collected no less than seven labels of different shapes, sizes and colours which allowed it to reach its destinataire with the simple address: Marius Audin, Imprimeur, Lyon, France! (For memory, Lyon is France's second biggest city.)