Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, December 1946.
Among the countless stuff gathering dust in my drawers is a stamp collection which will be donated to Grand-baby Gonzalo in due time. And another collection of first day issue envelopes. Not too sure how it’s called in English. The envelopes, sometimes postcards, were issued on the day of a particular stamp release. Such as above, the first day issue of a stamp representing the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, housing the Senate. December 1946. The war was barely over. Life had reclaimed its place. See the “élégante” bottom right, near the stamp:
Palais du Luxembourg, 1946, detail. Having retained Scotty’s Time-travel consulting services, we can now hop back to present times. Warp one, Scotty.
Le Luxembourg today. I am pleased to announce that lawns are now open to the public. After centuries of ignoring the English who have always happily trampled their lawns, the French lawns are now open to the public. Maybe the Park authority has bought Kikuyu grass? Warp two, Scotty.
Place de la Concorde, Paris. may 30, 1947. Universal Postal Congress.
Concorde, c. 2015. Probability of rain: 105%. (It is Paris)
Invalides. March 11, 1946. “Penicilin expo”. The invalides, was the first “VA” hospital. Built to care for the wounded of the Napoleonic wars. Napoleon is buried there. Warp!
Invalides today. “Scotty, would you mind straightening the ship?”
“Yes, Sir. Straightening ship.”
The stamp says 1947. East wing of the Louvre. But I think the photograph is from the early 20th century. See the woman’s dress on the right and the straw hat on the gentleman’s head, far right. Jump!
East wing of the Louvre. Early 21st century.
July 2nd, 1947. The island of la Cité, as seen from the Pont-Neuf. Hang on tight. Scotty’s so-called “finetuning” can be a bridge wide.
Island of la Cité from the Pont des Arts. The Pont Neuf (New Bridge) is straight ahead. Anyone recognize the pointed tower to the right on both shots? Those buildings used to house the Police Judiciaire. Including Commissaire Maigret. I hear they have now moved to a soul-less brand-new building North of Paris. I hope they changed the typewriters for computers.
January 6th, 1947, Notre-Dame. Paris, not Alabama. “Science exposition, UNESCO month”.
Same old, same old.
1947. La Conciergerie, where Louis 16th and Marie-Antoinette were held prisoners during the Revolution. Hop!
Paris-Plage, c. 2015. The quays in the summer are transformed in “beaches”, bringing sand from far-away places. “Panem et circenses” the Romans used to say. To keep the people happy, give them bread (pane) and (circus) games (circenses).
Thank you for jumping around on Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. I can guarantee that though addictive, hopping around will not transform you into “Frogs”. Enjoy the rest of the week.