“Ostpreussen…Reisewege Nach Cranz an die Ostsee”….Vintage travel advertising for routes to the popular German Baltic Sea resort at Cranz.
This 1930’s advertising poster shows the various routes to the seaside resort at Cranz… by train, car, sea or by air… with emphasis on routes from Berlin and Breslau. Of particular interest to historians is how this map shows the Korridor, the infamous “Polish Corridor” created by the Versailles Treaty after WWI . The loss of German territory, complete with German citizens who were then ruled by foreign countries, was one of the most onerous features of the Versailles treaty. The routes by air, train and sea …indicated by a line of squares,red lines and white lines…were free of tolls and visa permission. The rail service however was subject to long delays due to Polish security checkpoints where every passenger was inspected for identification. The black lines are auto highways which were subject to tolls and required a Visa plus an international drivers license.
The special travel conditions that were imposed upon travelers from one part of Germany to another can be clearly visualized in this travel advertisement. This is just one of the many Versailles Treaty dictates that led to the continuation of World War I in 1939.
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