[LUGGAGE LABEL]. Train-Bleu.

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Original train luggage label, c.1935. 105 x 140 mm.

The Calais-Mediterranee Express was a luxury French night express train which operated from 1886 to 2003. It gained international fame as the preferred train of wealthy and famous passengers between Calais and the French Riviera in the two decades before World War II. It was colloquially referred to as Le Train Bleu (which became its formal name after World War II), and the Blue Train in English, because of its dark blue sleeping cars. It also became the subject of Agatha Christie's detective novel The Mystery of the Blue Train in 1928.