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Object ID 001912

Object Name Provisional Gov't French Republic sign

Object Desc Paper, print sign with black text. Gold frame with black matting. Sign is for the Provisional Government of the French Republic with warnings against looting.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002055

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Signs


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location 3rd Floor Hallway South

Object Date

Start Year Range 1944

End Year Range 1946

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords World War II,French Republic,Provisional Government,signs,Pierre de Chevigné,military,

Title Provisional Gov't French Republic sign

Description Framed printed paper sign. Frame is painted gold with cardboard backing attached with red duct tape. Wire attched with eyelet screws for hanging. Paper is white with black text (see notes for approximate translation). Underneath paper is black background. Looks as if one side of cardboard was painted black.


Approx Collection Date

Height 15.5

Length 0

Width 20.25

Depth 1

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Provisional Government of the French Republic

Maker Details

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2055



Date APR 8,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, paper is very worn. Creases throughout piece. Paper is yellowed and discolored. At left edge just below center there is a stain from liquid. Loss at top right corner. Loss at top left edge near corner. Loss at lower left and right corners possiblly from display. Small tears around edges. Significant horizontal creases at center and about 3" above center and 3" below. Crease vertically at center. Paper has cellophane tape exposed at top left edge and lower left corner. Most likely the sign is aflixed to backing with double sided cellophane tape. Frame is worn with chips in left and right corners and edges. Scratches on surface. Frame has been painted gold. On back, cardboard is attached with red duct tape. Wire has sharp edges use caution. Eyelet screws are causing stress and wear on wood. On bottom edge to left of center there is a chip in frame. White marks at lower right corner. Loss of paper layer at center on cardboard.


Date APR 8,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to 3rd Floor Hallway South from Room 7, Shelf 20 - automatic entry by admin



Date APR 8,2014

Notes Approximate translation: Provisional Government of the French Republic LOOTING Under Legislative Decree of 1 September 1939, the Crimes of Looting provided for in Articles 440, 441, and 442 of the Penal Code shall, in time of war: Punished with penalties up to death Shall be punished with the same penalties as theft committed in a dwelling house or in a building evacuated by their occupants as a result of the events of war. The Gendarmerie Nationale and municipal Police received the strictest orders for the execution of these provisions. The object unduly carried away must be given immediately to civil authorities. Colonel Colonial Infantry P. de Chevigné Commander the Group Freed Subdivisions North Front.

Date APR 8,2014

Notes The Provisional Government of the French Republic (GPRF) was the interim government from 1944-1946 after the fall of Vichy Fance (French State). In 1940, after the Battle of France, the French State was established, but after Operation Overlord, the regime dissolved. Then the provisional governement took reign under Charles de Gaulle. The GPRF was an alliance between the French Communist Party, French Section of the Workers' International, and the Popular Republican Movement.

Date APR 8,2014

Notes Pierre de Chevigné was a French politician. Under de Gaulle, he was named military attache. In December of 1941, he was promoted to Colonel. And, in 1942, he was promoted to Chielf of the Military Mission of a Free France. He was Minister of Defense in the Fourth Republic following the provisional governement.