PLAQUE MICHELIN LA DRÔME 1939
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The small river La Drôme in Calvados is 58 km long and flows under the old Route Nationale N13 between Bayeux and Vaucelles. The old Plaque Michelin has been hanging near a small bridge over the N613, the former N13, near Bayeux since 11-01-1939. However, the small plaque will not be hanging for much longer as its condition has deteriorated significantly in recent years. As a result, Vinsign has decided to restore this simple yet beautiful original as an exact reproduction. The reproduction is completely handmade, painted in authentic colors, and features the original font with its typical Michelin setting, giving the plaque an authentic look.
The small river La Drôme is one of the many picturesque waterways that can be found in the Calvados region of France. With a length of 58 kilometers, it winds its way through lush countryside and quiet villages, providing a lifeline to the communities that have made this area their home for generations.
Alongside La Drôme, there runs an old road that has seen its fair share of history over the years. The Route Nationale N13 was once a major artery connecting Bayeux and Vaucelles, and it was along this route that the Plaque Michelin was first hung in 1939.
The Plaque Michelin was an important marker for travelers on the N13, indicating that they were nearing the town of Bayeux. The plaque was small but elegant, featuring the iconic Michelin logo and the words “Bayeux” and “Vaucelles” in bold lettering.
For many years, the plaque remained in good condition, serving as a reliable guide for countless motorists as they journeyed along the N13. But as the years passed, the plaque began to show its age. The paint faded, the metal corroded, and the letters became harder and harder to read.
Eventually, it became clear that the plaque was beyond repair. But rather than let it fade into obscurity, a local company called Vinsign decided to create an exact replica of the plaque, using traditional methods and materials to ensure that it looked just as it did when it was first installed over 80 years ago.
The process of creating the replica was a labor of love for the craftsmen at Vinsign. They spent countless hours researching the original design, studying old photographs and documents to ensure that every detail was just right. Then they set to work, using hand tools and traditional techniques to shape the metal, paint the letters, and add the finishing touches that would make the plaque look like it had just come out of the Michelin factory.
The result was a stunning replica that captured the essence of the original Plaque Michelin. Every detail was perfect, from the authentic colors to the distinctive Michelin typeface. And when the replica was installed on the same bridge where the original plaque had hung for so many years, it was like a piece of history had been brought back to life.
Today, the replica of the Plaque Michelin is a testament to the enduring legacy of Michelin, and to the skill and dedication of the craftsmen at Vinsign. It serves as a reminder of a time when travel was simpler, when a small plaque on a bridge could make all the difference in the world. And for those who pass by it on their journeys along the N13, it is a glimpse into a bygone era, a time when the world was a little bit smaller, and a little bit more magical.