Vintage View: I Love Paris in the ’50s

1950's Paris
All photos by Janice Niepce, courtesy of Arts et Métiers, Paris, 1957.

Ah, Paris. As springtime – the city’s most storied season – approaches, we’ve been pining for a Parisian holiday. Well, since we can’t exactly whisk ourselves over there right this very moment, perhaps the next best thing is taking a sentimental journey back to this lovely, lively place in another era.

We found an amazing hardcover vintage book called Le Livre de Paris (Arts et Métiers, Paris, 1957), featuring photography by Janine Niepce and commentary by Georges Charensol. As if that cool colorblocked cover – pictured above – wasn’t enough to make you exclaim, “Ooh, la la!,” its contents are even more captivating. Have a look at these beautiful monochrome photographs covering the spectrum of city life:

1950's Paris

1950's Paris

1950's Paris


1950's Paris

C’est très magnifique, no?

About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. A lover of all things old, she takes every opportunity to nerd out on nostalgia.

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  1. Sydney Ballesteros 04/12/2013 at 12:14 pm #

    These images are beautiful, what a lucky find!


  2. Lisa 04/14/2013 at 7:28 pm #

    I was just there last month 🙂 You guys just made me *deep sigh* all over again with this post. Paris will do that to you.That last photo is my favorite!

  3. Aimee 04/14/2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Ooh la la 😉 Fabulous photos- then again, does Paris ever not look fab?

  4. avakitsch 04/15/2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Love these photos, your blog is lovely, I’m so glad I found it, I really love all the images, really inspiring

  5. Lauren 04/16/2013 at 9:50 pm #

    The second to the last one made me double take for a second, as I thought it was from “Funny Face” (definitely Audrey Hepburn style)! These are all so neat!

  6. valerie 04/17/2013 at 4:58 am #

    Similar to photos of my french mother that I treasure!

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