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1950s Paris: Fascinating Photos Show Street Scenes And Everyday Life Of Post-War Paris

The 1950s in Paris and France is considered as an era of recovery and economic growth after the destruction of World War II. The government was busy in repairing the damages of the war. The economy has started its journey towards the ‘glorious thirty years’ with the help of US aid.

The city was dirty, and there were no laws and regulations about cleaning the buildings. The majority of the buildings and apartments were in poor condition. In 1954, thirty-five percent of Paris apartment buildings had been built before 1871. Despite all these conditions, the housing was expensive and short in supply. The government began a new large-scale project to build apartment blocks for the middle class and low-income Parisians. There were no supermarkets, instead a large number of small retailers were active selling almost every item.

The following photos show thriving Paris in the 1950s capturing street scenes, cityscapes and everyday in vibrant color.

#6 Av de la Grande Armée – Bois de Boulogne, May 12, 1950

#7 Av de la Grande Armée – Bois de Boulogne, May 12, 1950

#10 Entrance to Palais de Justice, Saint-Chapelle, May 27, 1950

#14 Palais de Chaillot from the Eiffel Tower, May 29, 1950

#16 Place de l’Opéra from Café de la Paix, May 12, 1950

#19 Rue de Biéve, from Quai de la Tourelle, May 27, 1950

#20 Rue de Bievre, from Quai de la Tourelle, May 27, 1950

#22 View down the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, May 29, 1950

#23 View of Champs de Mars from under Eiffel Tower, May 29, 1950

#24 View of Seine from Tower of Notre-Dame, May 27, 1950

#25 View of Seine from under Pont St Michel, May 20, 1950

#26 View towards l’Étoile from the Eiffel Tower, May 29, 1950

#27 View towards Place de la Concorde from the Eiffel Tower, May 29, 1950

#31 Champs Elysées from Place de la Concorde, Jan 30, 1954

#32 Dome of Sacré-Coeur from Place du Tertre, Feb. 3, 1954

#33 Hotel Crillon and Ministère de la Marine, Jan 30, 1954

#39 View from Sacré-Coeur -Montmartre, Feb. 3, 1954

#44 Place de la Concorde from Hotel de Crillon, Aug. 6, 1955

#45 La Madeleine, from Place de la Concorde, Sept. 15, 1956

#46 Montmartre, from Parvis of Sacré-Coeur, Sept. 15, 1956

#51 Restaurant Le Moulin Joyeux at 5 Rue du Mont Cenis, Sept. 15, 1956

#54 View of Sacré-Coeur from rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Sept. 15, 1956

#55 Rond Point, Champs Elysées, decorated for Queen Elizabeth, April 6, 1957

Written by Aung Budhh

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