21 Magnificent Mid-Century Pics Of Paris

These dreamy black and white photos will make you want to Midnight-in-Paris yourself to another era.

1. 1968

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Beauty in a cafe. (She’s smoking, but you shouldn’t.)

2. 1960

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A very fashionable lady waits. But for whom, we ponder.

3. 1961

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From a young age, the French trust their children to do grocery shopping and not spend the money on drugs.

4. 1960

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Couple in La Methode cafe. Man inspects extremely interesting crumb on the table. Woman dreams of finding a man who doesn’t find crumbs interesting.

5. 1961

Dancing in the streets on Bastille Day. Years later, a Motown song would turn this into a thing.

6. 1955

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Beatniks just chillin’.

7. 1955

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What clubbing in 1955 looked like.

8. 1969

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Doggie, je t’aime.

9. 1955

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Doggie, je t’aime: part deux.

10. 1965

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Young ladies sun by the banks of the Seine. Jalouse much?

11. 1956

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A French postal worker makes sure to smell each envelope before delivery to ensure it has been spritzed with the right amount of Chanel No. 5.

12. 1966

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Russian ballerina Sonia Petrovna waits for le bus, showing restraint by not dancing.

13. 1955

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Menfolk in Paris do their part.

14. 1950

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Students from the Sorbonne kick it in the Luxembourg Gardens.

15. 1960s

Two fine ladies at a cafe on the Champs-Élysées.

16. 1955

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Twin sisters avoid eye contact with a waiter.

17. 1956

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These people are having highly philosophical conversations. Comme d’habitude.

18. 1963

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On a visit to Paris, Jane Fonda demonstrates the single-gloved scarf-tying technique, a very difficult French move to master.

19. 1956

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A man and his dog wait for the bar to officially open.

20. 1955

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A ballerina demonstrates the correct way to enter the Parisian métro.

21. 1964

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A woman tries to work one of those new-fangled “parking meters.”

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