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In 1920s Paris, two distinctive Metro signposts cropped up from the Nord-Sud company, an operator of underground trains. First, there was the Val d'Osne variant (named for the iron foundry which produced them) that consisted of a globe-shaped lamp atop a "METRO" sign surrounded by an ornate cast-iron frieze. Be sure to stop and gaze at an example of this style of signpost at Saint-Paul métro station (Line 1). Second, there's the simpler Dervaux style named for their architect, Adolphe Dervaux. These became more common in the 1930s at the heart of the Art Deco movement, following the modern trend away from more decorative embellishment. The Dervaux Metro sign design features a streamlined silhouette and linear accents. After the second World War, newer Metro totems lost their lamps and became more minimalist in design. No matter the style of a Metro sign, there's no doubt it's an iconic symbol of the City of Light. This fine art photograph of a classic Dervaux style Metro sign is a fun way to remember your visit to Paris, France.
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