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November 4, 2021

Amazing Photos Capture Life in France in the 1900s

The late 1800s saw the beginning of what the French call the Belle Epoque, or ‘beautiful era’. France and its people began to enjoy the benefits of industrialization and modernization: cheap resources, technological developments, new inventions like the telegraph, automobile and mass-produced consumer goods. Living standards improved generally, though France, like its fellow European nations, was still plagued by class disparity and poverty.

The Belle Epoque was also accompanied by a cultural boom, with new artistic movements and entertainment forms like cinema, cabaret and the infamous can-can.

French workplaces and communities were fertile ground for socialists and other radicals, many of whom enjoyed considerable support. By the early 1900s, France had one of the most left-wing governments in Europe: a progressive mix of centrists and socialists. It passed laws guaranteeing freedom of religion and the complete separation of church and state; government funding of churches was abolished and all religious buildings were nationalized.

A series of laws decreed free and compulsory education for all French children, both boys and girls. The government also introduced a progressive income tax, with higher rates for higher earners – a radical innovation for its time.

These amazing photos from fymbremont that show what life of France looked like in the 1900s.

Avenue du Bois-de-Boulogne, Paris, circa 1900

Beach huts, Deauville, circa 1900

Homage to H.B. de Saussure, Chamonix, circa 1900

Hotel omnibus, circa 1900

Le Mont-Saint-Michel, circa 1900

Monumental gate, Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris

Notre-Dame-du-Murier, Batz-sur-Mer, circa 1900

Place du Châtelet, Paris, circa 1900

Portraits of Gustave and Jeanne, circa 1900

Sèvres pier, circa 1900

The beach, Trouville, around 1900

The Château de Coucy, Picardy, circa 1900

The Grand Palais, Paris, the Universal Exhibition of 1900

The Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris, circa 1900

The port, Cannes, circa 1900

Tour St Jacques, Paris, circa 1900

Trouville, circa 1900

Villemoisson, circa 1900

Washerwomen, circa 1900

Entrance to the port of Trouville, 1901

Place des Vosges, Paris, 1902

Statue Victor Hugo, Paris, 1902

The Chartreuse desert, France, 1902

La Grande Plage, Biarritz, 1904

Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz, 1904

Villa Belza, Biarritz, 1904

International Music Competition, Geneva, August 1905

The Auteuil viaduct, Paris, 1905

Portraits of Madeleine and Emilien, circa 1906

Suzanne sews, circa 1907

Portrait of Yvonne, circa 1908


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