Shown here is Hergé’s signature in La Compagnie Paquet’s guest book. Hergé is the pen name of Georges Rémi (1907–83), the Belgian cartoonist who created the character Tintin and was the author of Les Aventures de Tintin (The adventures of Tintin) series of comic books. Founded in 1850 by Zéphirin Paquet, La Compagnie Paquet was one of Quebec’s most successful retail businesses of the 20th century. During its 131 years of operation, the company was led by four generations of Paquet and Laurin. In the 1950s, it employed more than 800 people in its store on Saint-Joseph Street in the neighborhood of Saint-Roch, at its shipping facility, and at its various branches. The company sold a bit of everything: dry goods, bedding, clothing and accessories, furniture, grocery, hardware, and so forth. Much like other companies, La Compagnie Paquet kept a guest book for visitors who took part in special events. Hergé’s visit for a book-signing event in the spring of 1965 was undoubtedly one of the most memorable of those events.
Illustrator: Hergé, 1907-1983
Place: Europe; Belgium; North America; Canada; Quebec; Québec
Institution: National Library and Archives of Quebec
Physical description: 1 page : illustration