Saturday, 17 September 2011
Sepia Saturday this week has sent me in the direction of shops. I could have done Irish shops if I hadn't already done a post about Grafton Street in Dublin some time ago
The card from the centre of France is dated 20 October 1909 and shows the market place with what looks like a clothes shop, Belle Jardinière, beside Chez Lucien.
Amazingly I found a recent photo of the same spot from almost the same angle. Chez Lucien has expanded to absorb Belle Jardinière but otherwise the buildings remain almost exactly as they were. The disappointment is that they have done away with the magnificent signpost at the centre, which looks as though it might have been one of the old Michelin signs.
Other old cards I have of the same area show that many old buildings and town ramparts were taken down to make way for new building so it's good to see this part relatively untouched. Or it could just be that time has passed it by for the last 100 years as the younger people left the rural area to find work in larger towns and cities.