February 14, 2008

Hundred (or more) years ago - once more

Once more, I will make a comparison between some postcards from about 100 years ago, concentrating on the area where I live.

For some possible visitors from the near neighbourhood to my blog I have indicated where the photos have been taken (and where I live - the empty circle): 1) Rue des Moines. On the left, we can see a school building, still in operation. One modern building has been added on the right side. The old photo seems according to the stamp to be from 1905.2) Rue Truffaut. All buildings seem to be the same. 3) Rue Brochant. No new buildings to be seen. Only the trees have grown, but have less leaves today. It will hopefully be “repaired” in a few weeks.4) Rue Brochant. A bit further down the street, compared to the previous one. Trees have been added. 5) Place Charles Fillion (Place des Batignolles) with a view towards Rue des Moines. One modern building added on the right. Unfortunately the church, Sainte Marie des Batignolles, is covered by tarpaulins. Being “refreshed” at the moment. The photo is taken just in front of the entrance to “my” park, Square des Batignolles. 6) End of Rue des Batignolles (Place du Docteur Félix Lobligeois) with a view towards Rue Legendre. Only minor changes. The photo seems according to the stamp to be from 1907. Once more the church (this time the front side) is hidden by tarpaulins. If you are interested, I have already made some similar comparisons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

47 comments:

lyliane said...

Je suis en retard d'un post, mais hier j'étais si fatiguée que je me suis endormie sur le divan!
Adorable Paloma tout de lilas vêtue, elle était couleur printemps!
Les bâtiments des rues n'ont pas changés, seul leur contenu : les chevaux fiscaux ont remplacés les chevaux et les pantalons ces robes des dames.
Si tu vas au musée avec HPY fait moi signe.

Sonia said...

What a creative post, Peter! I am enchanted with those photos! Just amazing!

krystyna said...

Really amazing, thank you Peter!
Stemp-photos are precious!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Annie said...

This is very interesting to see, Peter. It's an ode to history and tradition, this comparison of the old postcards to the photos of today.

Heather said...

So amazing and wonderful to see how many beautiful old buildings still stand today!

SusuPetal said...

Makes me think of Dylan's song Timesthey are a-changing...but actually, quite small changes. Just cars!!!!

Happy Valentine's day, Peter!

alice said...

Je signe la pétition en faveur du retour des calèches et des chevaux place des Batignoles!
J'adore ces "avant-après"! Sur le marché de Vannes, il y a un stand de cartes postales anciennes, tu me donnes l'idée, j'irai farfouiller la prochaine fois.

hpy said...

Toi et Paris, vous êtes pareils, vous changez, mais vous restez toujours les mêmes.

di.di said...

happy V-day!

Olivier said...

"Je signe la pétition en faveur du retour des calèches et des chevaux place des Batignoles!" nous sommes deux ;o)
J'adore ces comparaisons entre ces vieilles cartes postales et maintenant. Cela rend un peu nostalgique.
Je te souhaite une Happy Saint Valentin (fete des amoureux, ou des amis, ou coeur, a toi de voir)

Matritensis said...

Peter, very good work! it´s not easy do comparisons.
I like it

Mathilde said...

Irréfutablement, je reviendrais volontiers aux carrioles d’avant… et pourtant, je suis tranquillement devant mon ordinateur, j’adore flâner à la FNAC et je me balade en jean… Les contradictions ne me font pas vraiment peur…. Encore un petit bout de Paris… que je ne connaissais pas.

Bonne journée à toi Peter..

Shionge said...

Unbelieveable Peter, 100 years? Where did you find these historical postcards, very very interesting indeed :)

Happy Valentine's Day Peter.

oldmanlincoln said...

Lovely to look at. But a struggle for time and for the trees. To survive in places like that where the root system in buried under streets and sidewalks must be a nightmare for the trees. It clearly shows how determined life is even when mankind works hard to snuff it out.

Amazing collection of photos.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Jessica said...

I love when the street looks nearly unchanged 100 years later. Something I really enjoy about studying history is discovering that not so much has changed. The nature of people doesn't change much over time and, as you've shown, neither do some of the place in which people live.

Very nice post, as usual.

Mona said...

Peter, I just LOVE your comparison posts. They truly fascinate me & remind me of my visits to the place of my birth, where things seem to have 'flown' from one era to another...

It both saddens me and gladdens me at the same time...

Sorry for having skipped so many readings of your posts. I have been away due to ill health & an operation, but am feeling much better now!

Nathalie said...

J'adore les photos avant/après, et les tiennes sont particulièrement bien faites car tu as fait l'effort de te placer exactement au même endroit. C'est excellent !

Pas beaucoup de changement dans l'architecture, mais la différence, c'est les voitures !!!

Ma soeur dit que la Saint Valentin ce n'est pas seulement la fête des amoureux mais l'occasion de dire à tous ceux qu'on aime qu'on les aime : parents, famille, amis... Ca me semble une excellente idée !Alors une pensée très affectueuse pour toi aujourd'hui, Peter. Bonne journée !

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

Hi peter,
Again very interesting, I love old postcards, there are here some of Naarden too, good idea.

HAPPY VALENTINE:)

TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

JoAnn D-eyes/NL

Delphinium said...

valentin? c'est qui celui-là? Je ne l'ai pas vu sur les photos... ;-)

Annie said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Peter.

Nathalie said...

Peter, je n'avais pas eu le temps avant, mais je suis retournée voir tes merveilleuses images de printemps - tous ces narcisses, ces crocus, on s'y croirait, c'est magique ! Et le sourire de Paloma sur le toboggan... ah l'heureux grand-père !

ruth said...

Thank you for all your hard work on this. Very interesting to compare.

Maxime said...

I wonder wy old places seem much more romantic than today... the cars, maybe ? Is'nt it time to get rid of them ?

Peter said...

lyliane:
Bien sur, on ira au musée avec toi!

sonia:
I guess it's difficult to find postcards from where you live today?

krystyna:
Happy Valentine to you also (a bit late):

GMG said...

Hi Peter, I’m back after a short break… and lucky to get here at a nice time! This post is amazing! I wonder where do you find all these stamped (it seems) postcards...
But the most interesting for me were the Ranelagh posts. For many years I had meetings at the Chateau de la Muette (OECD) and walked through the Ranelagh, trying to avoid the pigeons, to reach the OECD Annex at Boulevard Souchet for other meetings. One day, crossing the Jardin with a friend, I felt something falling on my head. Oh shit! and Joddie answered: Literally...
It took some time to wash my head at the Chateau...
Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter
Wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!

Rebecca said...

My first visit to your site and I have enjoyed these old postcards of places that look virtually the same - just a little refreshed. I sure miss all the 'ancient' of Europe......

Peter said...

annie:
Yes, I like the atmosphere of the old days, which you can still feel when you walk around here, despite cars and some other modernities.

heather:
Maybe the buildings here (most of the date from around 1860) were made to last longer than the modern ones!

suspetal:
A lot of things change - and rapidly, but not everything!

Peter said...

alice:
Tu peux trouver ces cartes sur Internet aussi (gratuitement)!

hpy:
Merci! (Je suppose que c'est un compliment?)

di.di:
The same to you!

Peter said...

olivier:
Merci, l'ami!

matritensis:
It's sometimes difficult to find exactly the same spot. ... and the you have always some cars hiding the view.

mathilde:
C'est bien de suivre son temps, tout en appréciant le passé!

Peter said...

shionge:
You can buy them is certain shops, you can find them in books, but you can also find on Internet.
Happy Valentine!

oldmanlincoln:
Maybe tough for the trees, but they seem to be well kept care of by the city... and I believe there are more of them today than ever!

jessica:
Basically we (and things) may be quite much the same; of course we have some additional facilities today, including blogs!

Peter said...

mona:
I know that you were partly "away" for a while, but I didn't know the reason. Hope and trust that everything will soon be 100% again!

nathalie:
Je suis d'accord avec toi et ta soeur! Alors, la même affectueuse pour toi de ma part!

joann:
Looking forward to see you make the same kind of comparisons!

Noushy Syah said...

So creative Peter!Comparison now and then especially with old postcards make your posting and presentation so alive.

Keep up the good work.I enjoy scrolling through your blog..

Have a good day!

Peter said...

delphinium:
St. Valentin est effectivement absent de mon post, mais mes sentiments affectuex vis-à-vis mes ami(e)s est toujours là! ... et toi, tu fais plus que partie!!

annie:
Thanks, the same!!

nathalie:
Oui, être grandparent est super! ... un peu de patience, ton tour viendra!

Peter said...

ruth:
The work was not too hard and once more I could walk around in the nice spring sunshine!

maxime:
I got rid of my car. (Today I bought a Solex, electric version.)

gmg:
Happy to see you back! I explained above that there are different ways to find these old postcards, but I actually find most of them on Internet.
We could have met when you went to OECD. I used to live some 100 meters from there!
Bad luck with that nasty bird!

Peter said...

rebecca:
Welcome - and welcome back as often as you wish!! (I will visit your blog.)

noushy:
I promise, I will do my best to continue! Nice day (weekend) also to you

Cergie said...

Je suis super à la bourre : Pierre m'a appelé pendant des plombes d'Australie. J'ai reçu un bouquet d'Anna et Anton par Interflora. And so on.
Je lirai plus attentivemt ce post plus tard, sans le commenter
J'ai acheté ds le métro à un vendeur à la sauvette un guide des rues de Paris. J'avoue qu'il est moins bien illustré et documenté que ton blog

neulekirppu said...

I really love these comparisons!

Peter said...

cergie:
C'est dur d'avoir un anniversaire!

nuelekirppu:
Thanks for this first visit! (I just visited yours - with some nice Paris propaganda.)

Mélisse said...

Ces photos me touchent, parce que la ville n'a pas changé, parce qu'il y a juste un peut plus de couleurs...sans doute parce que j'habite dans une ville bombardée à 90% pendant la seconde guerre mondiale et que je ne la reconnais pas lorsque je regarde de vieilles cartes postales.
Bon week-end Peter, je vais encore me promener un peu chez toi, j'ai du retard de lecture !

Richard said...

Quite amazing how some things, details have remained the same. I'm looking at the panes in the school windows of picture one. As you know, being a conservative, this makes me happy!

No 4 "Trees have been added.." Haven't they just "grown" ;)

April said...

Absolutely phantastic, what you do, Peter. Do you collect those wonderful old postcards? And again I say: you should make a book about your strolls through Paris. I would buy it and you could sign it :-)

Deslilas said...

Très beau travail.

Deslilas said...

En regardant vos archives je remarque que vous n'avez - apparemment - pas encore couvert les 12ème et 20ème arrondissements. Ils méritent aussi le détour ( et pas seulement parce que mes ancêtres y habitaient). Rue Saint Blaise, Halles au vin...

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