January 17, 2008

Hundred (or more) years ago

Now and then I like to compare illustrations from Paris in the past with Paris today and I have concentrated on the streets around where I live, in the Batignolles area, 17th arrdt. Here are two more of such comparisons.
This first one is based on a postcard, probably from the very beginning of last century, of Rue Legendre close to where it crosses Avenue de Clichy. The vehicles used for public transportation have changed… and a few other things, but a lot remains as it was. You can see that the building which partly was visible on the extreme right has been replaced by a modern building and the idea from the city architect was then obviously to make space for a wider street one day. It will probably take quite some time before the street can be made wider. The second comparison is based on a drawing, which probably is from 1870-1880(?), of the crossing of Rue Lemercier and Rue des Dames. There was then obviously a store owned by someone with an English name, but I have not managed to find any trace of this “H. Didsbury” store, today replaced by an “Ultra Kitch” shop. I imagine that if someone finds my photo in some 120 or 130 years, he or she will not find any trace of the “Ultra Kitsch” shop. … and of the buildings?
Especially for the attention of some possible more local blog visitors, I put in a map to show “where”.


Azer Mantessa said...

this comparison thing is cool ... am amazed by how they are preserved.

and thanks for the AZERTY keyboard thing ... have never known such do exist ... hehehe ... good to know in a way i can make others life a lot simpler ... hehehe ... wish I could do same in many other ways (which is quite contradictory ... LOL)

dabrah said...

Great comparison pictures. You can actually recognise them. As for yesterday's Pagoda, it looks fabulous.

Clarice said...

Really interesting and the Pagoda was stunning. Have you visited the catacombes?

Olivier said...

j'aime beaucoup ces comparaisons (je travaille sur un projet identique sur le vieux evry). c'est une tres bonne idee

lyliane said...

Ca n'a pas beaucoup changé à part les bec de gaz, les autos, mais il y avait déjà des enseignes en anglais sur les façades.!

Shionge said...

Dearest Pal,

Thank you for your lovely comments and well wishes, truly appreciate them and I am glad to be back here.

I love to see the comparison and just see the changes now is amazing :D


Ash said...

The comparison images are awesome :)

Noushy Syah said...

The comparison images make your presentation interesting and gr8.Good work!

hpy said...

C'est bizarre, je trouve que les rues paraissent bien plus larges avant que maintenant. Problème de voitures, peut-être.

Nathalie said...

J'irais bien voir le magasin Ultra Kitsch de plus près - un nom comme ça, ça promet des merveilles !!!

Olivier said...

Suite a ton passage sur mon blog, non l'aerophare n'est pas une fusée :
(769/10) seconde = 76,9 secondes.

Matritensis said...

Very nice post, i like this kind of comparisons.

delirium said...

DONNGGGGG DONNGGGGGGG c'est midi, l'heure de manger. Pourquoi l'appelation "rue des dames"? Ca m'intéresse, est-ce qu'il y avait des cabarets ou autres lieux chauds dans cette rue? Autrement j'irai bien moi aussi dans le magasin ultra-kitsch, je pourrai acheter plein de trucs tous plus étranges les uns que les autres et les mettre dans les bureaux de mes collègues. Autrement peter, il faut que tu viennes avec moi, on va dévaliser la cave de hpy. (va voir les commentaires chez elle). Bon app et bonne fin de journée

alice said...

J'adore ces "avant-après" et le charme suranné des cartes postales anciennes. Sur le marché, il y a un stand où elles sont présentées par département, j'ai toujours envie de m'arrêter. J'apprécie aussi beaucoup la carte sur laquelle tu situes désormais tes "trouvailles". Un vrai travail de pro, merci Peter!

Drama Div@ said...

next post you should write about you (present) and 100 yrs ago.. what? You're NOT 100 yet? okay, sorry... “just joking”

oldmanlincoln said...

The first picture has the high wheeled street car pulled by a horse or horses. That would be neat to see today. Nice work, as usual. And thanks for your visits.

April said...

Oh, where did you get these postcards from? that's phantastic and very interesting to see that Paris hasn't changed so much. I think if I compared Cologne now to then, a lot has changed. Too much was destroyed during the last war.
A pity, that there are so many cars in those charming old streets and a pity, too, that that some old facades are so ugly with modern 'kitsch'. It's exactly the same here.

Maxime said...

cela semblait bien plus convivial sans les autos. Et je regrette que les becs de gaz aient disparu, ils étaient très décoratifs.

Mathilde said...

Tout a fait d’accord avec Maxime. Est-ce regrettable l’avant ? Nonobstant la nostalgie qui se glisse n’importe où. Si j’avais pu vivre à cette époque, j’aurai adoré me déplacer en voiturette, juste un cheval ou un âne. Dans mon village/villette, une biche partage sa couche avec un boxer et plus loin, on peut voir un brave monsieur promener son âne. Vous ne me croyez pas ? Je ferai des photos… sisi…. « Nous le valons bien »..

Peter said...

There are other parts of Paris, where things have really changed - to the better and to the worse!

Yes, I had no difficulties to find from where the old illustrations were made!

Yes, I have visited the catacoms... but a long time ago and without a camera!

Peter said...

No copyright!

Oui, peut-être plus d'enseignes en anglais à l'époque qu'aujourd'hui!

SO HAPPY to see you back in the blogging world again!!!

Peter said...

Thanks for your always kind words!

Same comments as to Ash!

Oui, je pense que les voitures font la différence; a priori la largeur de la rue est toujours le même!

Peter said...

Il faut venir voir (et acheter?)!

C'est bien ce que j'ai pensé; je ne comprend pas grand' chose de l'art photographique!

I'm sure you could do the same thing for Madrid!

Peter said...

La rue des Dames était le chemin des nonnes, venant d'un couvent à Montmartre allant vers Monceau... Donc pas les mêmes dames à qui tu fais reférence! J'irai de ce pas visiter la cave... pardon, le blog de hpy!

Je m'amuse à faire ces cartes... Tu verras d'autres!

drama div@:
I will maybe one day show you a photo of me at 1, not quite, but almost 100 years ago!

Peter said...

I was thinking of the metro photo I showed two days ago with the great crowd when I read your comment...! The metro started around 1900, but not yet under this avenue.

Yes, Paris building were luckily not seriously touched by the WWs. I know, for Cologne it was terrible. Not so much left of the "old town". Fortunately the cathedral is still there!

Les becs de gaz ont disparu, mais on trouve encore beaucoup des lampadaire à l'ancienne.. de plus en plus!

Peter said...

J'irai voir tes photos!!

Catherine said...

j'adore ces comparaisons ; c'est vrai que les rues d'avant paraissent toujours plus larges plus spacieuses. Vivement que Paris soit piéton que l'on puisse se réappropier la chaussée.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi peter!
That such an good idea! To use old postcards and even a good inspiration too, I jave the sam from Naarden (old postcards I mean, Thanks for showing my friend.


Sonia said...

You have a creative idea of compare illustrations from Paris in the past with Paris today! I would like to do the same with São Paulo. I will try to found some photos I can compare with current photos. Great photos as always, Peter. Well done!

hpy said...

Que fais-tu dans ma cave. Avec Delphinium et Olivier c'était déjà bruyant, mais maintenant c'est l'horreur. Vous pourriez au moins chanter la même chanson tous les trois!

Peter said...

Les rues piétonnes progressent et la location des vélos marche bien!

Thanks fro these nice words, my friend!

Good luck in your research!

Tu sais - avec ma voix de Gitanes, je fais ce que je peux! Ce n'est pas moi qui chante le plus fort!

krystyna said...

Great job, Peter! Love this comparisons.

muebles majadahonda said...

It won't succeed as a matter of fact, that's exactly what I think.