Amazing Portraits of Simone Segouin, the 18 Year Old French Resistance Fighter Who Captured 25 Nazis During the Fall of Chartres

Simone Segouin risked her life many times during the secret war against the Nazi occupiers, and became famous the world over when she was pictured wielding a gun in her distinctive shorts and cap. She helped de-rail a train and blow up bridges in and around the city of Chartres, 50 miles south of ParisContinue reading “Amazing Portraits of Simone Segouin, the 18 Year Old French Resistance Fighter Who Captured 25 Nazis During the Fall of Chartres”

The Infamous Montparnasse Train Derailment, 1895

These incredible photos of the wreck at Gare Montparnasse in Paris shows a very dramatic scene of a train that has crashed through the wall and partially tumbled to the street. The cause? Both mechanical failure and human error. The train was late, so the driver had it pull into the station at a highContinue reading “The Infamous Montparnasse Train Derailment, 1895”

Amazing Vintage Photographs of Paris During the 1860s & 1870s

Beginning in the mid-1850s, Paris experienced a grand transformation. At the orders of Napoleon III, old, narrow streets made way for wide boulevards, thousands of gas lamps lit the streets at night, and a host of other public projects thoroughly modernized the city. Charles Marville, a photographer employed by the city, was charged with documentingContinue reading “Amazing Vintage Photographs of Paris During the 1860s & 1870s”

“Naughty” French Postcards From the 1920s

Taking erotic pictures and then sending them to your partner seems like something people have always managed to do. In the late 19th century and the early 20th though, taking photographs was not that easy, and exchanging “French Postcards” was that time’s sexting. Most of these postcards were made in France, hence the informal “FrenchContinue reading ““Naughty” French Postcards From the 1920s”

15 Amazing Black and White Photos of Bohemian Life in Paris in 1950

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an estimated population of 2,165,423 residents in 2019 in an area of more than 105 square kilometres (41 square miles). Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of the world’s major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, gastronomy, science, and arts. The CityContinue reading “15 Amazing Black and White Photos of Bohemian Life in Paris in 1950”

Montparnasse Derailment: The Story Behind the Incredible Images of the Train That Broke Through a Building in Paris, 1895

These incredible photos of the wreck at Gare Montparnasse in Paris shows a very dramatic scene of a train that has crashed through the wall and partially tumbled to the street. The cause? Both mechanical failure and human error. The train was late, so the driver had it pull into the station at a highContinue reading “Montparnasse Derailment: The Story Behind the Incredible Images of the Train That Broke Through a Building in Paris, 1895”

Eiffel Tower Under Construction: Amazing Historical Photos Show the Famous Tower Rising Above Paris

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Locally nicknamed “La dame de fer” (French for “Iron Lady”), it was constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the centerpiece of the 1889 World’sContinue reading “Eiffel Tower Under Construction: Amazing Historical Photos Show the Famous Tower Rising Above Paris”

D-Day in Color: Stunning Colorized Photos of Allied Troops Landing Normandy Beaches in June, 1944

Some 156,000 Allied troops landed on five Normandy beaches during the operation on June 6, 1944, which would ultimately lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and saw 4,400 allied troops lose their lives. Striking shots show men stormingContinue reading “D-Day in Color: Stunning Colorized Photos of Allied Troops Landing Normandy Beaches in June, 1944”

Beautiful Color Photographs of 19 Year-Old Brigitte Bardot at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953

The French actress first arrived to the festival as an unknown, but once the cameras discovered her, she quickly became a sex symbol. Brigitte Bardot didn’t appear in a film that played the 1953 Cannes Film Festival, but she didn’t need to. From the moment the 19-year-old starlet hit the beach, wearing a shockingly briefContinue reading “Beautiful Color Photographs of 19 Year-Old Brigitte Bardot at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953”

In 1952, Georges Monneret Built an “Amphibious Vespa” for the Paris-London Race and Successfully Crossed the English Channel on It

In 1952, French motorcycle racing champion Georges Monneret leaving Paris, France for for Calais, where he was met with a crew who installed a pair of custom pontoons to scooter. It was an amphibious craft powered by a 1952 125cc Vespa Douglas. From there, Monneret went about crossing the famed English Channel aboard the waterborneContinue reading “In 1952, Georges Monneret Built an “Amphibious Vespa” for the Paris-London Race and Successfully Crossed the English Channel on It”