15 Amazing Vintage Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, 1858

These remarkable photographs provide probably the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armée and the Guard actually wearing their original uniforms and insignia, although some of the uniforms have obviously been recut by tailors of the 1850’s. All the men — at this time in their 70s and 80s — are wearing theContinue reading “15 Amazing Vintage Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, 1858”

26 Beautiful Vintage Photos Showing Parisian Women’s Fashion From the 1900s

In 1900 skirts were still that long that they were brushing the floor (and with a train), including day dresses. The fashion houses in Paris presented a new silhouette with thicker waist, flatter bust and narrower hips. By the end of the decade, most fashionable skirts still brushed the floor, but approached the ankle. InContinue reading “26 Beautiful Vintage Photos Showing Parisian Women’s Fashion From the 1900s”

50 Amazing Photos of Paris in the Late 1940s and 1950s

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an estimated population of 2,175,601 residents as of 2018, in an area of more than 105 square kilometres (41 square miles). Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, gastronomy, science, and arts. The CityContinue reading “50 Amazing Photos of Paris in the Late 1940s and 1950s”

44 Amazing Color Photographs of Paris in the Early 1940s

The Military Administration in France was an interim occupation authority established by Nazi Germany during World War II. It remained in existence from May 1940 to December 1944. As a result of the defeat of France and its Allies in the Battle of France, the French cabinet sought a cessation of hostilities. These photographs wereContinue reading “44 Amazing Color Photographs of Paris in the Early 1940s”

40 Remarkable Photographs Capturing Everyday Life Along the Banks of the Seine River, Paris in 1941

“For Parisians the Seine is a compass, a way to know where you are,” said art historian Marina Ferretti.France had a relatively easier time under German occupation during World War II. That is because Hitler did not consider West Europeans as ‘Untermenschen’. The infamous German brutality was reserved for the Russians. These images were takenContinue reading “40 Remarkable Photographs Capturing Everyday Life Along the Banks of the Seine River, Paris in 1941”

20 Amazing Photos Showing the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris During the 1800s

Notre-Dame de Paris, referred to simply as Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral was consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flyingContinue reading “20 Amazing Photos Showing the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris During the 1800s”

Cycling on the Streets of Paris in 1942

These photographs were taken by André Zucca in Paris while the city was occupied by the Germans during World War II. Zucca was a French photographer and Nazi collaborator, most well known for his work with the German propaganda magazine Signal. While everything changed with the German occupation, most things also remained the same. TheContinue reading “Cycling on the Streets of Paris in 1942”

32 Amazing Photographs of Paris in the 1950s by Photographer Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau (French: 14 April 1912 – 1 April 1994) was a French photographer. In the 1930s, he made photographs on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism. Doisneau is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (The KissContinue reading “32 Amazing Photographs of Paris in the 1950s by Photographer Robert Doisneau”

27 Amazing Color Photos of Cabaret Dancers at the Moulin Rouge in the late 1950s

Here’s a series of amazing color pictures made by LIFE photographer Loomis Dean in the late 1950s, featuring cabaret’s dancers at the Moulin Rouge. It is there that where countless men and women down through the decades have enjoyed extravagant (and cheerfully risqué) song-and-dance numbers while soaking in the atmosphere of an entertainment mecca. ItContinue reading “27 Amazing Color Photos of Cabaret Dancers at the Moulin Rouge in the late 1950s”