Frequently, a map is shown in the underprint design or as part of a vignette of a share certificate. My home town Ypres, Ieper in Dutch, is now a relative small municipality. So, it was a big surprise to find it on a map of this certificate of the French Compagnie de Navigation Fluviale Du Nord , founded at Dunkerque, 1892.
However, in the early Middle Ages, Ypres was a renowned center for its international trade of linen. During the following centuries it became occupied multiple times by the English, the French, the Spanish, the Austrians and the Dutch. A real disaster for its economy.
|Copper engraving Nouvelle Carte du Comte de Flandre |
by Paul de la Feuille
from the Kleyne en Beknopte Atlas, 1735
(Ypres bears the name Yperen)
More about Ypres, click : here