This Is How Walking Around In Paris Would Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago

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This Is How Walking Around In Paris Would Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago

This Is How Walking Around In Paris Would Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago
Flower merchant, Cambon Street, June 1918
Photo: Auguste Léon / This Is How Walking Around In Paris Would Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago




Walking around in Paris 100 years ago would have been a completely different experience than walking around in today’s Paris. No doubts about it. Forget the pollution, traffic and constant noise. Those are just the first things you’ll notice while walking down on this nostalgic road.

100 years ago, Paris (believe it or not!) was still one of the most visited cities in the world, but the types of tourists were a lot different. People used to have a lot more respect for local customs and they behaved accordingly. Today, Paris is a city of contrasts, where old meets new, and where almost nothing seems in place anymore.

These vintage photos were taken between 1907 and 1930. They were shot using the autochrome Lumière process, which was an early method of taking color photographs. Most of the pictures in this series were taken by Léon Gimpel, Stéphane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Léon. However, many photos have an unknown author.

Faubourg Saint Denis Street, 1914
Faubourg Saint Denis Street, 1914
On the Alexandre III Bridge
On the Alexandre III Bridge
Homeless man by the River Seine
Homeless man by the River Seine
Gardens of Les Invalides, 1909
Gardens of Les Invalides, 1909
Family on Pot de Fer Street, June 24th, 1914
Family on Pot de Fer Street, June 24th, 1914
Citroën Commercial on the Eiffel Tower for the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts
Citroën Commercial on the Eiffel Tower for the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts
Military man at Les Invalides, 1918
Military man at Les Invalides, 1918
Place du Caire, 1914 Photo: Stéphane Passet
Place du Caire, 1914
Photo: Stéphane Passet
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, 1920
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, 1920
Montparnasse Street, July 22nd, 1914 Photo: Stéphane Passet
Montparnasse Street, July 22nd, 1914
Photo: Stéphane Passet

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Christmas decorations at La Samaritaine, 1930
Christmas decorations at La Samaritaine, 1930
Auteuil metro station, 1920 Photo: Frédéric Gadmer
Auteuil metro station, 1920
Photo: Frédéric Gadmer
Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde
Movie theatre, 1918
Movie theatre, 1918
Exhibition at the Grand Palais, 1909
Exhibition at the Grand Palais, 1909
Kitchen gardens in the 16th arrondissement, June 28th, 1918 Photo: Auguste Léon
Kitchen gardens in the 16th arrondissement, June 28th, 1918
Photo: Auguste Léon
Paris decorated for Bastille day, July 13th, 1919 Photo: Auguste Léon
Paris decorated for Bastille day, July 13th, 1919
Photo: Auguste Léon
Departure of the zeppelin Zodiac III, August 28th, 1909