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October 12, 2021

Wonderful Color Photos Show What France Looked Like in the 1950s

The surge of economic growth that lasted from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s brought extensive changes in French lifestyles and in some of society’s basic structures. As the century neared its end, most French people had come to enjoy greater comfort and security than their forebears; they took for granted automobiles, modern household appliances, and vacation homes in the country, which had been regarded as luxuries not too long before.

Street scenes of France in the 1950s

The French had been converted to installment buying and supermarket shopping; they spent less on food and drink and more on health and leisure. Thanks to the social security system that was expanded after World War II, they were better protected against the hazards of illness, unemployment, and a neglected old age.

These wonderful color photos were taken by gbfernie5 that show street scenes of France in the 1950s.

Azay-le-Rideau. Religious procession, Rue Balzac, France, early 1950s

Arromanches les Bains. Landing Museum, 1958

Arromanches les Bains. Landing Museum, 1958

Arromanches les Bains. Landing Museum, 1958

Cannes. Boulevard de la Croisette, 1958

Cannes. Boulevard de la Croisette, 1958

Cannes. On the beach, 1958

Cannes. Outside Hotel L'Amiraute, Place de la Gare, 1955

Cannes. Possibly taken near the Plage Royale. The buildings in the background may have been demolished, 1958

Cannes. View from Jette Albert Edouard, 1956

Cannes. View from Jette Albert Edouard, 1956

Cannes. View from Jette Albert Edouard, 1956

Cannes. View of the USS Intrepid in the Golfe de la Napoule from Boulevard de la Croisette, 1956

Chartres. Chartres Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), 1956

Chartres. Chateau de Maintenon, 1958

Chartres. Chatres Cathedral, 1958

Chartres. Front portal, Chartres Cathedral, 1958

Chartres. Lacemakers in traditional dresses outside Chartres Cathedral, 1958

Chartres. View from the tower, Chartres Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), 1956

Deauville Casino (the white building to the right), and the Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy (the brown building on the left) from Rue de la Mer (cnr Rue Sem), 1958

Deauville, France, 1958

Deauville, France, 1958

Deauville. Le Planches de Deauville (cnr Place Claude Lelouch), 1958

Deauville. Le Planches de Deauville (cnr Place Claude Lelouch), 1958

Deauville. Le Planches de Deauville (cnr Place Claude Lelouch), 1958

Fontainebleau. Chateau Fontainebleau, circa 1953

Fontainebleau. Chateau Fontainebleau, circa 1953

Loire Valley. Château Azay le Rideau, 1950s

Loire Valley. Château d'Amboise, 1950s

Loire Valley. Château de Blois, 1950s

Loire Valley. Le Château de Valensay, 1950s

Loire Valley. View from Rue Gambatta of Château de Langeais, Langeais, 1958

Loire Valley. View of the Spire of St Peters Church and the Cessart Bridge from Château de Saumur, 1958

Looking towards the Cathedral, Gros Horloge (Big Clock) Street, France, 1956

Marseille. Produce market, Rue Fortia, 1953

Marseille. Produce market, Rue Fortia, 1953

Mont St Michel, France, 1958

Nice. At the beach, 1955

Nice. At the beach, 1955

Nice. Le Negresco and the garden wall of Villa Massena, 1956

Nice. Promenade de Angais, and Le Negresco, 1956

Nice. Sunbathers in bikinis, 1955

Nice. View from around 142-154 Boulevard Carnot, Mont Boron of Port Lympia, 1956

On Gros Horloge (Big Clock) Street, France, 1956

Orléans. Orléans Cathedral (Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans) from Rue Jeanne d'Arc, 1956

Paris. 9 Rue de l'Échelle, 1st Arrondissement, then the Le Gourmet Sans Chiqué Restaurant, now the Metal Flaque Bridal Shop, 1953

Paris. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, 1950s

Paris. Arc de Triomphe, 1950s

Paris. Eiffel Tower and the Golden Statues of Palais Chaillot, 1950s

Paris. L'Arc de Triomphe at night, 1956

Paris. L'église de la Madeleine, August 1955

Paris. L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), 1956

Paris. Moulin Rouge at night, 1956

Paris. Notre Dame de Paris, 1956

Paris. Notre-Dame de Paris, 1950s

Paris. On Avenue du General Lemonnier looking towards the Pavillon de Marsan, Louvre, 1956

Paris. On Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, looking towards Sacré-Cœur Basilica, 1953

Paris. On Rue du Mont-Cenis (cnr of rue du Chevalier-de-La-Barre), 1953

Paris. On the Avenue des Champs-Elysees looking toward the Arc de Triomphe, 1950s

Paris. Palais Garnier (Home of the Paris Opera), 1956

Paris. Palais Garnier (Home of the Paris Opera), 1956

Paris. Pavillon Sully, Palais du Louvre, 1956

Paris. Petit Palais, 1956

Paris. Petit Palais, 1956

Paris. Pissoir, August 1955

Paris. Rue de Rivoli, 1950s

Paris. The Obelisk from the Tuileries Garden, 1950s

Paris. The Panthéon, 1956

Paris. View from Avenue de Tourville of the Monument to Marshal Gallieni & the Palaise Les Invalides, 1950s

Paris. View from the Cour Carrée, Louvre, 1956

Paris. View from the Eiffel tower towards Arc de Triomph, 1953

Paris. View from the Eiffel Tower, 1956

Paris. View from the Eiffel Tower, 1956

Paris. View from the southern bank of the River Seine of the Notre Dame de Paris, 1956

Paris. View from the southern bank of the River Seine of the Notre Dame de Paris, 1956

Paris. View towards the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe (the soldier is Canadian), 1953

Reims. Chimney Flues, Rue Robert de Coucy, near the Reims Cathedral, 1956

Rouen. Crossing Tower of the Church of St. Ouen, 1956

Street scene, 97 Gros Horloge (Big Clock) Street, France, 1956

Village in the Jura Mountains, France, 1953




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