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Reproduced courtesy Canadian Pacific Archives

Travel by the All Red Route, Canadian Pacific, Steamships, Trains, Hotels

Date: 1931-1939
Overall: 1010 x 634 mm, 0.55 kg
Display Dimensions: 1008 x 636 mm
Medium: Colour lithograph on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00008903
Place Manufactured:London

User Terms

    This poster promoting Canadian Pacific's (CP) steamship, rail and hotel services was designed by A C Leighton during the 1930s. The All Red Route was the service linking the British Empire, with a passage by sea from Europe, across Canada by rail to the Pacific and on to Australia and Asia. On world maps regions belonging to the British Empire were traditionally demarcated in red. The hotels depicted also belonged to CP and include the opulent Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, the Banff Springs Hotel, and the Empress Hotel in Victoria.
    SignificanceThe poster is a rare document of the 'All Red Route', showing the ports and connections from Europe through North America to the Far East and Australasia. The route is normally associated in Australia with the Canadian-Australiasian Line and the Union SS Co, rather than CP, which began as a railway.
    HistoryCanadian Pacific Railway began its enterprise in the 1880s, constructing a railway network across Canada and equipping it with thousands of locomotives, freight and passenger cars. The company moved into shipping, accumulating a fleet of 100 ships and some of the world’s most luxurious ocean liners. CP later expanded into telegraph and express services, opulent hotels and eventually airlines.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Travel by the All Red Route, Canadian Pacific, Steamships, Trains, Hotels

    Primary title: Poster 'Travel by the All Red Route, Canadian Pacific, Steamships, Trains, Hotels, by AC Leighton, 1931- 39.

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