Charvin - postcard 1935?

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This is a fine drawing of the magnificent (and surprisingly large) Charvin factory in Saint-√Čtienne, with its chimney proudly belching mildly carcinogenic smoke.

It is drawn in a faux-naive style somewhat similar to that popularised in the UK by L S Lowry. It's a style that attracts a certain feeling of nostalgia for the good old days when work was hard but honest, communities were tight, if a little overbearing, lives were short and often violent, appalling industrial injuries were more than commonplace and you were cold almost all of the time. But at least there seemed to be a ready supply of doleful brass band music...