Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Café, Paris, 1930. (Photo by Alexander Artway)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

After the First World War ended. The French economy boomed from 1921 until the Great Depression reached Paris in 1931. This period, called Les années folles or the “Crazy Years”, saw Paris reestablished as a capital of art, music, literature and cinema.

The artistic ferment and low prices attracted writers and artists from around the world, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Josephine Baker.

The worldwide Great Depression hit Paris in 1931, bringing hardships and a more somber mood. The population declined slightly from its all-time peak of 2.9 million in 1921 to 2.8 million in 1936. The low birth rate of Parisians was made up by a wave of new immigration from Russia, Poland, Germany, eastern and central Europe, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Besides, Paris also hosted major international expositions in 1937, and the Colonial Exposition of 1931, all of which left a mark on Paris architecture and culture.

These stunning and impressive photographs will give us a glimpse of Paris during the 1930s.

h/t: vintag.es

Daisy Bar, Montmartre, Paris, 1930. (Photo by André Kertész)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Divers, Paris, 1930. (Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Les Halles, Paris, 1930. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Notre Dame de Paris after Midnight, 1930. (Photo by Brassaï)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Paris metro, 1930
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Montmartre, Paris, 1932
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Papa’s airplane, Paris, 1934. (Photo by Robert Doisneau)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Rainy day in Paris, 1934. (Photo by Brassaï)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

The embrace, Paris, 1934. (Photo by Fred Stein)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

The two brothers, Paris, 1934. (Photo by Robert Doisneau)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Fountain, Paris, 1935. (Photo by Fred Stein)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Paris evening, 1935. (Photo by Fred Stein)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Paris street, 1935. (Photo by Gilbert de Chambertrand)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Parisian bar, 1935. (Photo by Brassaï)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Children reading newspaper, Paris, 1936. (Photo by Fred Stein)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Les Escaliers de Montmartre, Paris, 1936. (Photo by George Brassai)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Paris, 1936. (Photo by Herbert List)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Paris, 1937. (Photo by Marianne Breslauer)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

The squared circle, France, 1937. (Photo by Gaston Paris)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Paris, 1938. (Photo by Boris Lipnitzki)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Louvre, Paris, about 1939. (Photo by Nicolas Yantchevsky)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories