Frantaglais blah-blah...

Why Frantaglais? Well, I came up with this title as my posts, from time to time, will be en français (in French), en anglais (in English), and/or en Tagalog, my mother tongue. In any case, you find my writing weak, just bear with me please or leave. This is my blog after all. No one forces you to read it.

dimanche, février 13, 2005

The Old Paris

I chanced upon an old book that apparently belonged to G.Giant's great-grandmother (her name's written on the first page). It's a photography book. A book which was once owned by someone who lived for 86 years and who has been gone many years ago, must be something of value, of great value. It is awesome, with exquisite photographs on every page, old photographs. These are not just ordinary photographs of people, but also of places in Paris taken so many years ago, the old Paris. But of course, expect that the photos are in black and white and in not-so-good-quality but you can see details of the subjects photographed clearly enough.

So for someone who's curious about how the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral) looked like 152 years ago (the photo was taken in 1853) or how the famous Palais du Louvre was when Napoléon Bonaparte was still the Emperor of France (now a museum since 1791) and of course the not to forget France's symbol, La Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower), this is the book that answers it all. I was totally amazed and glad to have found this book. I found it in the basement, where we put our worth-throwing-stuff. I was actually down there looking for my old collection of Michael Franks' albums, but helas! I don't know where the hubby put them. Then I found the book. It smells strongly of I-don't-know-how-to-explain-it-odour! It smells 'old'. Its cover is made of oilcloth-covered cardboard. I took it with me up to the apartment and wiped the cover with alcohol as what I always do after buying books (fingerprints disgust me, hehe), and started feuilleter (to leaf through) the pages.



The Notre Dame de Paris.(in 1853 and today, I posted a recent photo to see the difference). Click here for a better view.

An anonymous photographer took these incredible shots. The construction of the Eiffel Tower (1887-1889)At 300 metres (320.75m including antenna), and 7300 tons, it was the tallest building in the world until 1930.Other statistics include: 2.5 million rivets, 15,000 iron pieces (excluding rivets), 40 tons of paint and 1652 steps to the top. Click for a larger version.


Le Palais de Louvre, photo taken in 1839. Click here...

...and here. Le Pont Neuf, Paris' most famous bridge, photo taken in 1861.


What a marvelous discovery of a rare book!

As I was leafing through the pages, I was as though 'returned back' to the past. I started wondering...how these people were, did they live a hand-to-mouth existence? (for some of the photos reveal the situation)...or maybe it was just the so-called simple life, the real one, no chi-chis, no objections, no quibbling over unsignificant things...not like today. And the monuments, as if I was looking at them now...they looked exactly the same except for the houses, fields or farms around them, some of them no longer exist today. The women, they looked hardy...as if they functioned as men... as though they had no choice for if not they won't survive. Some of the images made me feel somewhat pitiful, and yet, I kind of wished to have my life lived in the past. Strange...


Click here...



Tondeurs de chien (Dog groomers), Un Commissionaire (a commissioner) and Une Boulangère (a woman baker with her "rolling" boulangerie (baker's shop) ) Click here for a larger view.


I wonder if I could still find a book like this in a bookstore. Anyways, I'll bring it back into existence, I'll restore it, for my children...

29 Comments:

  • At 3:11 AM, Blogger SiaoChaBoa said…

    Hey.. Bokbok.. :)
    Wat a wonderful find..??!!!??? Yes .. restore it...!! it would be a wonderful and sentimental thing to do.. :) Cheers..!

     
  • At 5:41 AM, Blogger sachiko said…

    I always have the same feeling whenever I look at old photos.It must be hard life but everything must had been so simple,black and white photos gives me nostalgia.
    That book must have tranported you back,ala Titanic.

    Btw,I was tagged by Thess,who was tagged by a lady who speaks French!Hahaha!

    Cheers!

     
  • At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonyme said…

    hello, first time to visit your blog. the pictures of the eiffel tower are amazing!

    -kala, aix en provence
    http://kala.pitas.com

     
  • At 11:04 AM, Blogger Thess said…

    dear, what a precious find! the eiffel images were fantastic! and the 2nd batch, women those days did looked manly and strong, such a difference to us women today who would throw tantrums if we can't find the shoes or right lipstick color that we want, eh?

    I would love to see old images of Nôtre Dame de Paris( I was a bit disappointed when I saw it back in 1999 when they were 'restoring' it..became too 'clean' from the outside, seemed like it's lost some of its magical theme (imho only) and also I'd love to see the old Palais du Louvre - w/o the pyramid entrance, kinda doesn't belong there (imho only, daming complain ano? ehem...a woman of today *lol* )

    btw...Happy Heart's Day to you and Mr. Giant ^_^

     
  • At 3:24 PM, Blogger accessyah30 said…

    Magnificiant!! I suppose that is the way the French would call your discovery of old Pariasian Pictures. Nice collection of pictures and very beautiful sentiments

     
  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    hi mrsT! yeah for sure!
    coming across a thing like this doesn't happen everyday. :)

    coucou sachiko! me too, i love looking at old photos. a la titanic? lol, too bad, there's no photo of a man that ressembles like leonardo di caprio. :)

    ^_^
    boks

     
  • At 6:27 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    hi kala! amazing huh?
    the eiffel tower without the 20,000 flashing lights!
    hey, thanks for visiting! hope to see you here more often. :)

    hello thess! the right color of the lipstick...haha!!! the typical thess, i guess.
    i've posted more photos, you asked for it, you got it! it's just that the louvre's photo is a bit blurred. hehe... happy valentine's day to you too!!! :)

    salut accessyah30! oh, almost! it's magnifique for magnificent. :)
    very beautiful sentiments, gee, thanks!
    thanks for the visit, looking forward to see you again here!
    :)


    ^_^ boks

     
  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger JMom said…

    Hi Bokbok! That is indeed a treasure. I bet it is also valuable and worth restoring. I too love old books and old things. I almost feel like I belong to another century sometimes.

    Happy Valentine's day!

     
  • At 8:26 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    heya..your photos will cost a fortune, keep it hehe! nice find nga...im quite into these old stuffs, my house dates back to 1928 and my wall measures 80 cm..nothing like the modern appartment we had before..cozy here!

     
  • At 1:36 AM, Blogger Nix said…

    cool find! :) really interesting pix especially the one of the eiffel tower constructed...

     
  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    how-do-you-do? jmom?!
    yes, old things enchant me too. isn't it a fact that when you look on the canvas of a long-dead masterhand (say, Picasso), you feel something... hard to explain... a thrill of wonder...'awe' i guess is the term.
    happy valentine's day to you too!!! :)

    salut analyse! yeah, you bet!
    hey, t'as de la chance, you know? that's my dream! an old house with walls as thick as the 'great wall of china', haha!! whooops! i'm exaggerating! kidding aside, i'd really love to have a house like yours! though il y aura des travaux, c'est pas grave! di ba? Happy valentine's day!!! :)

    hi nix? how're you doin and the cutey little boy of yours?
    oh yes, the eiffel tower image, it's worth a fortune, too bad the photographer was anonymous.
    hey, you're still on hiatus, missing you...
    Happy hearts' day!!! :)

     
  • At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonyme said…

    Hey, a book like that is worth restoring! Then, you can sell it afterwards, no, lol i'm just kidding!!! :)
    can i copy and paste? lol, no i'm just kidding!!! :)

    a bientot!
    franck kraven

     
  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger Beng said…

    Bok, ang galing-galing mooo! Well dear, I envy your talent in writing. Pahipo naman oh para mahawaan mo ko :) Best regards.

     
  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    hi there franck!
    i guess that's a brilliant idea! lol, no just kidding!!! :)
    thanks for visiting! :)

    ma dear beng! thanks for taking time to visit, i know it's not very easy for you to take some time out to bloghop. hey, amateur lang to, walang alam, baka magalit ang mga totoong writers hehe...but what more can i say...thanks! ^_^ and enjoy you vacation! ^_^

     
  • At 6:13 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    in fact, on a vraiment de la chance. there's no travaux at all, it was completely renovated in 1998 and the design did by l'ancien proprio nous plait vraiment. so ayun, all we have to do actually is to work in the garden, plant some trees, etc..

    hehe, mukhang frantaglais talaga yung post ko...swak na swak sa blog mo..

     
  • At 10:15 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    LOL 'katuwa ka talaga, analyse! hehe swak nga! ^_^
    so wait na lang for the printemps for the trees!

    toujours alone?

     
  • At 7:02 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    oui, toujours alone...mais ne serai plus à partir de samedi...

    bises...

     
  • At 12:22 AM, Blogger drstel said…

    hi bokbok! what a treasure you have. i swoon over anything re: Paris anyway but this is something special. i hope husband and i can go back before we're too old to do anything but play checkers in the park. heehee.
    merci, cheri! (tama ba, trying hard eh).

     
  • At 11:14 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    Ce commentaire a été supprimé par un administrateur du blog.

     
  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    grosses bises ana, bien, tu vas retrouver ton mari, bon weekend alors! ^_^

    hi stel! alors! comment vas tu chérie oopps! i mean, how are you, dear? hey, i can imagine the picture...you and the hubby playing checkers in the park, i like it. hahaha! typical old americans' hobby, huh?
    looking forward to see you all here one day!
    stel, don't worry about your french! sabi nga ng iba dito, your french is good but i need cash! lol corny! ^_^

    have a nice weekend,
    boks

     
  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    Cool blog!
    Don't think my French is up to it but, C'est blog bien!

     
  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    ooohhh, Owzy-O! ^_^
    Thanks very much for the kind words!

    Thanks for visiting! Will I see you again here? 'hope so...:)

    ^_^
    bokbok

     
  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger Goldberg Nomascus said…

    C'est moi, Je vous souhaite un Meilleurs Voeux!

     
  • At 10:59 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    salut goldberg nomascus! ça va? thanks for dropping by, c'est gentil. ^_^

    A vous aussi, mes meilleurs voeux!
    see yah!

    ^_^
    bokbok

     
  • At 12:08 AM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    Que vous - etes belle!
    That'd be fab to include Goldberg and me on your links - I'll do the same!
    Au reviour!

     
  • At 10:42 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    merci ^_^

     
  • At 7:25 AM, Blogger alma said…

    mukhang naghalungkat ka pa sa baul mo, ah!!!

     
  • At 7:26 AM, Blogger alma said…

    mukhang naghalungkat ka pa sa baul mo, ah!!!

     
  • At 7:27 AM, Blogger alma said…

    ganda talaga ng Paris....

     

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