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July 26, 2014

Amazing Vintage Photographs That Show Paris Street Style of 1906

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was an English cartoonist and illustrator most famous for being a draughtsman for the satirical magazine Punch for more than forty years and rising to the position of ‘First Cartoonist’ in his final decade.

Alongside his career as an illustrator, Sambourne had a passion for photography. He was 62 in 1906. He might have been slowing down a little, as it happens he only had four years to live. But he was still full of energy, and still an enthusiastic photographer. He took a few trips abroad that year including the one in June to Paris, then as now the centre of European fashion.

A prosperous couple alight from a carriage.

Two fashionable women cross the boulevard, skirts lifted to avoid the dusty surface of the street.

Two women walking up.

Two women on the way down, their ankles well concealed.

This woman, younger than the others strides confidently up the steps.

Three women walking briskly along on the Champs Elysees.

Madame Helen DuBois in the Tuilleries Gardens.

Madame (or was it Madamoiselle?) DuBois then demonstrates as if we’d asked her how little she felt constrained by her outfit.

These were the leisured classes of Paris out for an afternoon stroll.

Even the children are in formal dress, learning to parade themselves elegantly through the Gardens.

One young man has managed something more casual.

Mother and daughter, or mother-in-law and daughter both in mourning for another family member?

It looks like a warm day. The woman is using her parasol.

(Photos by Edward Linley Sambourne, via The Library Time Machine)


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