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February 6, 2022

33 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Paris in 1955

These amazing pictures were taken by Allan Hailstone and his father during their trip together to the French capital in July 1955, back when the post-war city was beginning to establish itself as a city of culture and underwent a massive reconstruction.

“I think that the main difference of Paris then was the absence of tourists.” Said Hailstone. “Nowadays, the advent of cheap air fares means that every interesting city in the world is thronged with visitors. One of my old shots of Montmartre of the famous Boulangerie street with Sacre Coeur in the distance shows a deserted street. Nowadays that street is packed with visitors, as I saw last year when I was there.”

Take a look back at the city in 1955 through these 33 beautiful vintage black-and-white pictures. For more fascinating photographs, visit Hailstone's brilliant Flickr site.

Place du Tertre

Paris

Avenue des Champs Elysees

Paris

Paris

Montmartre

Montmartre

Paris

Montmartre

Lottery, Barbes-Rochechouart Metro

Montmartre

Place du Tertre

Rue Drevet

Place du Tertre

Avenue des Champs Elysees

In rue de Rochechouart

Place du Tertre

Cafe de la Paix

Paris

Paris

Near Place du Tertre

Au Printemps department store, Boulevard Haussman

Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre

Place du Tertre

Paris

Paris

Paris

Montmartre

Rue Berthe

Paris

Paris

Rue Berthe

Paris




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