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October 19, 2022

45 Amazing Black and White Photographs Capture Everyday Life in Rouen, France in 1951

Rouen is a city on the River Seine in northern France. It is the prefecture of the region of Normandy and the department of Seine-Maritime. Formerly one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. People from Rouen are known as Rouennais.

Rouen in 1951

Severely damaged by the wave of bombing in 1944, Rouen nevertheless regained its economic dynamism in the post-war period thanks to its industrial sites and its large seaport, which today is the fifth largest in France.

Endowed with a prestige established during the medieval era, and with a long architectural heritage in its historical monuments, Rouen is an important cultural capital. Several renowned establishments are located here, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Secq des Tournelles museum, and Rouen Cathedral.

Seat of an archdiocese, it also hosts a court of appeal and a university. Every four to six years, Rouen becomes the showcase for a large gathering of sailing ships called “L’Armada”; this event makes the city an occasional capital of the maritime world.

These fascinating photos were taken by Paris-based photographer Henri Salesse that documented everyday life of Rouen in 1951.

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

Accommodation at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, 1951

At 3, rue de l'Amitié, Rouen, September 1951, Rouen, September 1951

Cafe T.P.L.G., Rouen, September 1951

Car parked in front of the Saint-Maclou church, place Barthélemy, Rouen, 1951

Child at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, September 1951

Children in front of the Grande Famille Rouennaise, Rouen, September 1951

Courtyard between buildings in the eastern district, Rouen, September 1951

East district buildings, Rouen, September 1951

East district children, Rouen, 1951

East district courtyard, September 1951

East district, Rouen, September 1951

East district, Rouen, September 1951

East neighborhood habitat, Rouen, 1951

Girl holding cat in East End habitat, Rouen, September 1951

In front of 132, rue Eau-de-Robec, Rouen, 1951

Interior of an east side cafe, Rouen, 1951

Newsstand at Place Saint-Vivien, Rouen, September 1951

Place de la Croix-de-Pierre, Rouen, 1951

Place du Lieutenant Aubert, Rouen, 1951

Place du Lieutenant-Aubert tramway, Rouen, September 1951

Place Saint-Vivien, Rouen, September 1951

Place Saint-Vivien, Rouen, September 1951

Place Saint-Vivien, Rouen, September 1951

Rue Brutus, Rouen, 1951

Rue de la Cigogne-du-Mont, Rouen, September 1951

Rue de la Cigogne-du-Mont, Rouen, September 1951

Rue du Pavillon, Rouen, September 1951

Rue du Rempart-Martainville, Rouen, September 1951

Rue Eau-de-Robec, Rouen, September 1951

Rue Eau-de-Robec, Rouen, September 1951

Rue Eau-de-Robec, Rouen, September 1951

Rue Edouard-Adam, Rouen, 1951

Rue Saint-Hilaire, Rouen, September 1951

Rue Theodore-Lebreton, September 1951

The Grande Famille Rouennaise, former convent of the Ursulines, Rouen, 1951

The Grande Famille Rouennaise, former convent of the Ursulines, Rouen, 1951

Wall at 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, September 1951

Woman doing laundry in the courtyard of 3, rue Marin-le-Pigny, Rouen, September 1951

(Photos © by Henri Salesse)




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