If you are feeling like you haven’t been able to travel or, like some of us, haven’t been able to dig into boxes of old postcards, here’s a little trip to Paris at the turn of the 20th century:
1900 Exposition in Paris. Mailed Aug. 6, 1900.
Written to Mrs. von der Heydt in Chicago. Message translated from German:
Today, I’m going on an excursion to Versailles and visiting the sites in Paris. The exhibition is packed with rural people on Sundays. The food here is bad and expensive. Today, there is a summer festival – the thunder of drums and music woke me very early. Paris, August 5, 1900 at 8 a.m.
L.M. sends warm greetings. Yours, Herman
Written to Mr. Albert Raymond at his parents (button makers) in Lörrach, Germany.
Message translated from French:
Dear Albert, If you had gone to the circus, you would have been amazed. I went 6 more times before my train left the station and thought it was really interesting. I think you and your family must be enjoying Germany a lot. Heinsey
And, finally, here is an image of young woman selling postcards in Paris at the fancy kiosk of L. Lippens (photographer?) about 1904-5. Today, 25 Rue du Rambouillet would be near the brown rock wall in the center of this Google Map photo, at the intersection of Rue du Rambouillet and Ave. Daumesnil in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, east of Notre Dame and the Bastille.