An original design by Crafty of a runaway coach crowded with worried passengers.
The men try to restrain the terrified ladies, as the driver struggles to regain
control of his team of horses. Only a slight glimpse of the probable cause of
the commotion is seen behind the coach, speeding away, in the form of a motorized
three-wheeled vehicle. Many illustrations and satirical cartoons where done at
the time showing the interesting consequences of horse and machine when they meet.
Subscribers to the Maitre de l'Affiche
series received four special plates annually. These premium original lithographs,
each an original design, were created specifically for this series, and are not
seen in any other format, unlike the regular plates, which are reduced versions
of larger posters.
We are most fortunate to have had the inclusion of the
Special Plates (Sp), as each one is a true example of the artist's creativity
and skill. The artist is unencumbered with a product or service to advertise,
and can express himself more freely, demonstrating his drawing ability, the essence
of graphic art, with only one or two colours. For many collectors these unique
Special Plates are more desirable than any of the regular plates.