Friday, January 08, 2010

Paris 1910

One hundred years ago this month Paris was flooded. There were plenty of postcards depicting the event which caused a lot of damage, but what is more interesting is the back of the postcards. Ordinary people telling their friends in other parts of the country that they were safe. Can you imagine the state of the water which invaded people’s homes? The smell?

Just one of the streets that were flooded

The railway station at Orsay resembled a swimming pool.

The Navy was even called in to help

The Eiffel tower contemplating its refection


caroline said...

Thought it was bad being iced in and being colder in Scotland than the south pole (true), but to be flooded like this! Never knew this happened.

Caroline xxx

Dru Marland said...

The pics and the reference to the pong reminded me of what Gargantua did to Paris...

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Peter (Worldman): said...

That must have been dreadful. And it happens all the time still. The nice thing is that you still have these old "hotels particuliers" in Paris and of course the Eiffel Tower.

soulMerlin said...

You now are a real authority on France and it's capital over the last two centuries.

What interests me here, is that if Paris flooded again would be put down to Global Warming and there would be another summit to work out ways of counteracting the polution...


Kate the Book Buff said...

beautiful and sad pictures i love them
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Anji said...

Caroline: You'll be pleased to know that they also had very heavy snow some of the time too. Makes very interesting postcards.

Dru: I must confess I had to Google that, more reading for me!

Sage: I remember who you are. thank you for your visit.

Peter: It's a long time since my last visit to Paris.... 'sigh'

Henry: How right you are. Today we always have to look for 'someone to blame'

Kate: thank you

alan said...

This is a piece of history I'd never run across! Amazing photos!

Hopefully someone buys them as a collection and they form the basis of a book!


Anji said...

Alan: I hope so too. It's a pity to split them up. I have been reading a book where the Grandmother talks about the floods to her Grandchildren, but only in passing.

A Lady's Life said...

These are just wonderful.
I never knew Paris was flooded. Can you imagine Paris becoming another Venice?

Anji said...

A lady's Life: It would be strange. I recently read that people remarked how quiet it was...