In Belgium, after a record 541 days without a government (and very few apparent ill effects), a new Prime Minister has just been sworn in. To mark the event, we present a picture that manages to evoke Belgium, the Citroën 2CV, and the Adventures of Tintin all together.
Bruce Grant took this photos in Rue du Chevreuil in Brussels. However, he did not know the whole back-story. For that, I contacted our favourite resident of Brussels, Étienne Musslin, who also happens to be the Editor-in-Chief of the French magazine Planète 2CV. Étienne replied:
“This poster is located in Place du Jeu de Balle in Brussels (where there is a Flea Market every day). I have no idea how it got there, but it originally was from the 1998 ICCCR which was held at Chevetogne. It was located at the entrance to a display of Citroëns that were specific to the Belgian market.”
If you look carefully at the poster, first you notice that it is drawn very much in the style of the covers of the Tintin books by Hergé (who was Belgian). Also, in the background you can see two famous tourist sites from Brussels: the Atomium and the statue of the Manneken Pis.
Sadly, it looks like the poster is slowly degrading, since I found this image on the web where it looks like it was a little fresher.