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December 10, 2022

Mesmerizing Black and White Pictures of Winter Life in 1950s Paris

The City of Light shines year-round, but winter in the French capital is particularly enthralling and magical. As Cole Porter put it: “I love Paris in the winter, when it drizzles.”

Take a look at life in 1950s Paris during winter through these 22 fascinating black and white pictures:

People at the Bois de Boulogne in winter, 1950.

School children at Place du Tertre in Montmartre in winter, 1950. (Charles Ciccione)

Street vendor in winter, 1950s. (Robert Doisneau)

Parisians in winter, 1950.

Homeless people, 1950s.

Homeless people under the bridge, 1950s.

Sledging on the slopes of Montmartre, 1950s. 

People walking in the muddy snow during the 1952 winter.

Snow-covered cars, 1952.

Snow-covered cars, 1952.

Painter on Pont Des Arts, 1953. (Robert Doisneau)

The Seine and canals during winter, 1954. (Robert Doisneau)

A snow fight at the Bois de Boulogne, 1956.

Montmartre hill on a very cold winter morning, 1956.

Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur on a very cold winter morning, 1956.

Parisians in winter, 1956.

Ice skaters on the Bois de Boulogne lake, 1956.

Three girls doing tricks on a pool in front of admirers in Bois de Boulogne, 1956. (Jack Garofalo)

People breaking the ice to save the fish at the Tuileries Garden, 1956.

A woman walking with her dog in a street of Montmartre after the first snowfalls, 1958.

Boys sliding down in Montmartre in winter, 1958. (Robert Doisneau)

Winter game in Montmartre, 1958. (Robert Doisneau)


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