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Picture Postcards: Historical place in Paris, France

Starting this month we are looking at historical things and places around the world. To kick things off we have this photo by our contributor in France, DeeBee. She describes it as,

“France – Paris – Place de l’Alma: The Flame of Liberty turned into a Memorial to Princess Diana, just above the tunnel where she was killed in a tragic road accident on 31 August 1997.”

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April 1, 2013 Comments disabled

Picture Postcards: Street scene in Monmartre, Paris, France

We are on the street in Paris this week! Here is a snap by DeeBee who tells us it is “Paris: Rue Steinkerque in Montmartre, a busy street lined with tourist shops and leading to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.”

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Picture Postcards: A Parisian doorway

This great shot was sent in by our contributor from France, DeeBee.

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November 11, 2012 Comments disabled

Louis Vuitton’s Flat-bottom Trunks

No need to introduce the fashion house Louis Vuitton as the brownish Monogram Canvas embedded with the LV monogram, quatrefoils and flowers is the most recognised pattern in the world!

The first Louis Vuitton shop was founded in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines, a stone throw from the Opera House.

Advertisement for Louis Vuitton July 1898

At the time Louis Vuitton was not selling his iconic, trendy and very expensive ladies bags but flat-bottom trunks made with the grey Trianon Canvas that had the peculiarity of being lightweight and airtight and obviously easy to stack to the delight of the travellers of the time.

Louis Vuitton’s flat-bottom trunk was an instant hit as until then people travelled with trunks that were not only heavy but had a rounded top to allow for the water to run off…but made them impossible to stack!

Louis Vuitton trunk 1923

In 1867 Louis Vuitton participated in the Universal Exhibition in Paris where his trunks made such an impression that in 1876 he decided to change the original grey colour into a brown and beige stripes design to limit imitations.

Many luggage makers kept imitating Louis Vuitton though but none ever really caught up with his productions; however, in 1888 Louis Vuitton created the Damier Canvas pattern which he licensed as a “L. Vuitton registered trademark”.

Louis Vuitton’s son took over the business in 1892 and expanded it overseas.

Louis Vuitton 1923

In 1896 he created the much-celebrated Monogram Canvas inspired by Japanese and Chinese designs that were very trendy in the late 19th century, and licensed it worldwide.

In 1903 he opened the Louis Vuitton Building at No 101 Champs-Elysées, the largest shop of its style in the world at the time.

Many prestigious shops were opened around the world in the decades to follow, turning Louis Vuitton into a real empire.

Louis Vuitton Building at No101 Champs-Elysees

Many new models were invented through the years and in 1959 LV amended the quality of its successful Monogram Canvas to make it more supple in order to produce smaller items such as wallets, purses, keys holders etc.

In 1987 Moet et Chandon and Hennessy champagnes merged with Louis Vuitton to form LVMH, the well-known luxury goods conglomerate and by 1989 Louis Vuitton had 130 shops worldwide.

Many new designs have been released since; they tend to change at each season, difficult to keep up with them.

Source Photos Wikiemdia Commons Public Domain: #1 Advertisement Louis Vuitton 1898 Attribution #2 Malle Louis Vuitton 1923 Attribution #3 Louis Vuitton 1923 Attribution


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September 19, 2012 2 comments


Carousels originally come from Italy.

The first carousel appeared in France in the second half of the 19th century and quickly became very popular with the Parisians.

1900’s is considered as the Golden Age of the carousel, and modern merry-go-rounds look very similar to the original ones.

Traditional Carousel in Paris

The carousels are still part of the Parisians’ daily life as nearly twenty merry-go-rounds are found throughout the capital. The concessions are granted by the City of Paris to private owners.

Some merry-go-rounds have been on the same spot for years, others settle temporarily on the lawns of the Tuileries Gardens, Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne for the time of a fair.

Carousel in front of Montparnasse station in Paris

Carousel in front of Montparnasse station in Paris

One of my favourite is the carousel that stays permanently on the tiny Square Willette below the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Carousel in Montmartre near the Sacre-Coeur

Carousel in Montmartre near the Sacre-Coeur

The ceilings of the Italian-built carousel represent the Canals of Venice but the theme chosen for its wooden horses (which are actually plastic) is the American Wild West with diligence and Indians…


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September 12, 2012 2 comments

The Bouquinistes-Book Sellers along the Seine River

Bouquinistes, a trade that goes back to the Middle-Ages and is unique to Paris

The story has it that a boat transporting loads of books sunk near Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The sailors swam ashore taking with them as many books as they could and sold them to the passersby to make up for the wages they had lost. They certainly found the sale lucrative enough to start making a regular living from it.


Bouquinistes' stalls near Notre-Dame Cathedral

Since then, we are used to seeing the booksellers along the Seine and they have become one of the many iconic symbols of Paris.


February 29, 2012 6 comments