Monday, 23 January 2012

A fun place for women in wartime?

This looks quite a good place for a woman to hang out in wartime if she had any intentions of finding a husband. These two images show the British Army and Navy Club, Paris, which was housed in the Hotel Moderne, Place de la Republique. The first is a postcard of the main staircase, which looks a bit like a 1918 venue for speed-dating, and the second a fine art reproduction of the same place by Josephe-FĂ©lix Bouchor.




6 comments:

  1. I love the grand architecture, staircases these days are so functional, not some where to stop and chat on.

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  2. Yes, it's certainly grand - I wonder if pre-war visitors to the hotel ever actually walked up it - hopefully there was a lift as well. And good to see that there was another face of war in France away from death and destruction.

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  3. Looks like an ANZAC soldier in the centre, great pic

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  4. Clio - if you'd like a higher res. image of the card let me know and I'll email one.

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  5. Sue, how can I contact you? Lots of information to exchange.

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  6. Just go to the profile page (link on right) and there's an email link on the left of the next page, below the photo.

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