Then Vs. Now: Paris In The Early 1900s

These beautiful hand-colored lantern photos prove that Paris hasn’t changed all that much.

1. Then: The Église Saint-Augustin, in the 8th arrondissement.

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Now: No more trolly tracks in the road.

2. Then: Looking down the Seine near Ile de la Cité.

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Now: Not much has changed.

3. Then: Hôtel de Ville (city hall of Paris)

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Now: Virtually unchanged.

4. Then: The Place Vendôme in the early 1900s.

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Now: Still home to the Ritz Paris, but paved and cleaner.

5. Then: The Paris opera house on a busy day.

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Now: Still a major tourist attraction.

6. Then: Pedestrians and carriages on Pont Neuf.

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Now: Similar and you can see the iconic La Samaritaine building (a now defunct department store); the building was completed in 1933.

7. Then: Les Bouquinistes, booksellers lining the banks of the Seine.

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Now: Still a tradition.

8. Then: Flower-buying, looking towards the Right Bank.

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Today: On certain days of the week, you can still purchase flowers at the Marché aux Fleurs in the same spot.

9. Then: Pont St. Michel, looking towards Ile de la Cité, the steeples of St. Chapelle clearly visible.

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Now: A government building has replaced what were local businesses.

10. Then: The Bourse (the Paris bank).

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Now: Additions were added in the early 1900s to create a cross-style layout. Now, it’s more of an event and conference space.

11. Then: Rue de Rivoli at the northeast corner of the Tuileries.

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Now: Very similar, minus the dapper top hats and umbrellas.

12. Then: L’église de la Madeleine in the 8th arrondissement.

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Now: It would appear even the trees are still there!

13. Then: Rue de la Paix and its famous obelisk.

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Now: The same. Except more traffic.

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