13 BOUCHES-DU-RHONE. MARSEILLE. Action de F100 nominative. black. No 72. Folds with a few tiny holes. In the 1850s and early 1860s, this was one of the great attractions of Marseille. A great amusement park, with a racecourse, music-hall, orchestras, restaurants, ballroom, fireworks, animal shows, exhibitions and much else,much enjoyed by the upper classes of the city. There were even bullfights in the racecourse. The project cost much more than planned and took longer to build, and finance was always a problem. The company was reorganised in 1863, leading to this new share issue, but a few years later the company was bankrupt. The attractions steadily closed (the racecourse in 1868). Very decorative border, with a musical band, and small vignettes of the attractions of the Château. From an old collection.
Themes: HORSE-RACING & BREEDING, TOURISM
Date: 23 November 1864
Startprice: € 100