Even in the old days, Paris was quite a city. We all remember someone saying “Paris hasn’t changed a bit.” And it’s true: no big war destruction, architectural conservatism or any catastrophy has made the city lose its shine.
It is known as the City of Love, where couples flock to capture the magic of their romance, but in fact, Paris has more than a few nicknames. It’s official nickname is the City of Light, but some call it the City of Glamour, too. Whatever you call it, these vintage pictures prove everything has always been prettier in Paris. Yes, these photos depict a France at its fin de siècle promience.
1888: The Eiffel Tower, under construction
When Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel’s construction company won the commission to build the iconic tower in 1867, he had no idea that it would become one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
1889: celebrating a new landmark at the World’s Fair
Hosting the World’s Fair for the fourth time in 1889, the main attraction was the newly finished Eiffel Tower. Its arch served as the entranceway to the expo.
1900: Eiffel Tower
The tower was an instant success with the public, and nearly 30,000 visitors made the 1,710-step climb to the top before the lifts entered service on 26 May.
1900: Arc de Triomphe
View from the Arc de Triomphe in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition (the far left, from the Palais de Chaillot).
1922: tandem in Champ-de-Mars
Indulgence has had its spot is Paris for many years, at its many ways. The city really has something that promotes beauty, not only in colors, but also in black and white. These old photos of Paris show us exactly that.
1936: The early traffic in the city.
The place is called Pont Alexandre III, and it now had a busy life of its own.
1950: street style on a famed boulevard
The Champs-Elysees is one of 12 straight avenues that lead to the Place de l’Etoile in Paris. Its name is French for Elysian Fields, the final resting place for the honorable and virtuous in Greek mythology.
1954: parisian romance
The Seine river, located in northern France, is a place that invites the lovers since old days.
1960: tourists flock to a familiar scene
During the year of 1960, the Eiffel Tower hosted 1,735,230 visitors.
If you plan on visiting Paris nowadays, or even if you had already gone there, you will find that these pictures show exactly the great feel that we live in the city: the romance, the glamour, the indulgence.