Rue Marengo by Tim Pike

Bordeaux ghostsign painted on a wall

Rue Marengo by Tim Pike of Invisible Bordeaux. He notes, “this is the former Bordeaux branch of the Louis Gelis-Didot “Franco-American import company”, who also had operations in Paris and Le Havre. The panels promise much, such as the company’s status as “raffinerie centrale de graisses et saindoux de Clichy, aux marques Croix de Lorraine, le Panache, Buffalo, le Chinois” (central refinery of Clichy fats and lard of the brands Croix de Lorraine, le Panache, Buffalo, le Chinois), and services of “importation directe d’huile, de coton et de fruits d’Amérique, de homards et de saumons, de saucissons, jambons, pic-nics, boyaux” (direct importer of oil, cotton and fruit from the Americas, of lobsters, salmon, saucisson, ham, pork picnic shoulder and gut casing). It must have been a smelly place.”

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