Folding fan advertising Red Star Line shipping company; Eventails Chambrelent, C...


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Folding fan advertising Red Star Line shipping company

About this object

Wooden fan with double paper leaf printed on both sides. Along the guards on one side is inscribed, 'Red Star Line', on the other 'Antwerp - New York' in gold lettering.

The leaf is printed on one side in blue monochrome, with a scene similar to that on LDFAN2003.408.HA, inscribed 'Red Star Line' and 'Antwerpen - Amerika'. The other side is decorated with swirling American banners, and the red star flag, inscribed 'Red Star Line' and 'Antwerp'.

Shown with metal loop. Both sides display the name of the maker: Eventails CHAMBRELENT, Paris, Déposé (ie. patented).

With their whole life packed in a few suitcases, millions of people sailed from Europe to America after 1800. The United States and Canada were the Promised Land for everyone looking for a better life. Red Star Line ocean steamers paved the way to a new life for about two million men, women and children between 1873 and 1934. Most travellers were emigrants with third-class tickets – certainly not the intended recipients of this type of advertising fan. For them, the passage to America was no pleasure trip: they were kept at the bottom of the ship, packed tightly together in large dormitories with hundreds of beds. If the weather obliged, they would be allowed on deck to escape their stuffy conditions.

CASSIERS, Henri : b.1858, Antwerp – d.1944, Brussels
Cassiers, primarily a watercolourist, created numerous designs for posters, book illustrations, postcards and menus. His style was figurative and illustrative. His works often featured picturesque views of rural life, peasants, fishermen, boats and regional dress. Cassiers’ poster designs for Red Star Line typically show fisherfolk looking out to sea, their gaze fixed upon an ocean liner in the distance. At first glance these images appear to be enchanting illustrations of traditional Flemish communities, lives seemingly unaffected by the dramatic changes industrialisation brought to most of Western Europe. These scenes might also be interpreted as poignant depictions of separation and loss – desolate figures witnessing the transportation of family or friends to distant shores to forge new, unimaginable lives.


Eventails Chambrelent

Maker Role



Cassiers, Henri

Maker Role


Date Made

c. 1900


Twentieth Century

Place Made


Inscription and Marks

Red Star Line and its flag
Antwerp-New York/Antwerpen-Amerika
Eventails Chambrelent - Paris - Dépose


Guard Length: 21.5 cm
Leaf Depth: 14 cm
Leaf Span: 40.5 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

Advertising>Sea Travel


The Fan Museum Trust

Credit Line

The Fan Museum

Object Type

Fan (folding)

Object number


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