In a hidden corner of the internet is Parisen Images: a huge collection of historic pictures of Paris that will have any person with a fondness for old pictures of familiar places. I can get stuck for hours peeking through these little windows to the past.
Look at this beautiful building that was once the focal point of Parc Montsouris, my local park where I happened to go running yesterday. This was a smaller reproduction of the summer house of the Beys of Tunis, built to host the Tunisian part of the 1867 World Fair. It was later moved to the park, until it sadly was burnt down in a fire in 1991. This pic is (c) by Léon et Lévy/Roger-Viollet.
This was snapped at the intersection of Boulevard Raspail and Boulevard du Montparnasse during WWII and the German occupation of Paris. Those street signs in German give me the creeps, but I like the fashion. La Rotonde, in the background, is still there but looks totally different. The photo is taken by Pierre Jahan and is (c) Pierre Jahan/Roger-Viollet.
Some things never change. A century later, Parisian terraces still look like this. Those hats are called canotiers and were all the rage as leisurewear during WWI and the 20’s. The waitresses are wearing bangs and frumpy dresses and look at the car in the background, on the other side of the street. The moment was captured by Maurice-Louis Branger and is (c) Maurice-Louis Branger/Roger-Viollet.
The photo at the top is a shot of the Place de la Republique taken from the Rue du Temple. The omnibus, the horses and carriages, the old signs on the buildings, I love everything about it. It is (c) Neurdein/Roger-Viollet.