Charms of Brussels, 1964
Beleaguered in British consciousness by seemingly relentless Brussels-bashing, the city caught our eye today. Not the city today, but rather as it stood almost exactly 50 years ago - in this neat little guide, courtesy the clearance bin of our local, wonderful Broadway Bookshop.
They weren't exactly shy about the city in 1964, touting it's "charms" and putting it's pride - Europeans Institutions (sic.) - front and centre:
However, it's fair to say that both design and content hark back to a very different time. It seems entirely fitting that this cover leads into details of telegraph services (above) and steamship lines (have to love the illustrations):
It is more difficult to understand where they got the idea (or translator?) for calling churches of the Anglican communion a "cult" (or synagogues, or temples for that matter). An accidental look forward to today's less tolerant times?
Even that can't detract though, from this gloriously quaint 'panoramic' illustration of the Grand Place:
Perhaps we would do well to remember Brussels' charms as a city and the diversity it represents?