July 27, 2018

Amazing Photos That Capture Everyday Life of France in the 1930s, Just Before World War II

Born 1894 in Keene, New Hampshire, Fay Sturtevant Lincoln, known professionally as F. S. Lincoln, was an architectural photographer active from the 1930s to the 1950s in New York City, Long Island, New York State, and with commissions in Charleston, South Carolina, and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Lincoln first got into photography when helping his older brother print picture postcards for a local politician. Inspired by this he borrowed a camera and sold photographs to his high school senior class and his fellow soldiers after serving in WWI. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied engineering but later pursued his passion for photography.

By 1933, Lincoln had his own studio that remained successful until he retired in 1965. He moved to Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1976.

These amazing photos were taken by Fay Sturtevant Lincoln that show France from 1934 to 1937, just before the Second World War.

Normandy, France. Mont St. Michel, 1934

Normandy, France. Man on bicycle transporting animal hides, 1934

Normandy, France. Two girls, 1934

Paris, France. Exterior view of Robert Mallet-Stevens apartment, 1934

Paris, France. Interior view of Robert Mallet-Stevens apartment, 1934

Paris, France. Interior view of Robert Mallet-Stevens apartment. Stairwell, 1934

Normandy, France. Boulangerie, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Cafe scene, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Farm with chickens, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Fisherman, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Heirs of a seafaring race are the fisherfolk of Dieppe, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Mont St. Michel, interior view of Refectory, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Mont St. Michel, the Chapel of St. Aubert faces the rising sea, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Mont St. Michel, view from the Monastery toward the bay, circa 1935

Normandy, France. Woman with garlic, circa 1935

Paris International Exposition. Chef with crepes, 1937

Paris International Exposition. Eiffel Tower, 1937

 Paris International Exposition. Man reading, 1937

Paris International Exposition. Men reading, 1937

Paris International Exposition. Nazi Germany pavilion, 1937

Paris International Exposition. People standing by mural, 1937

Paris International Exposition. People walking down stairs, 1937

 Paris International Exposition. Shadow of Mussolini statue on wall, 1937

Paris International Exposition. Souvenirs de l'exposition, 1937

Paris, France. Interior view of Rubinstein apartment. Library room, 1937

 Paris, France. Interior view of Rubinstein apartment. Master bedroom designed by Maison Jansen, 1937

Paris, France. Rubinstein apartment, 1937





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