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Paris Postcards

The Golden Age

List Price: $24.95

October 13, 2009 | Paperback | 10 x 7, 208 pages | ISBN 9781582435268
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In this stunning volume of historic postcards featuring the City of Light, Leonard Pitt takes us deep into the art and heart of the postcard and Paris itself. Showcasing the variety of images from his personal collection, the postcards create an enduring time capsule, one that reveals a Paris that no longer exists.

The invention of the postcard in the 19th century revolutionized communication and created the original social networking tool: At the height of their popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, France was producing a million postcards a day, and collecting became a craze that spread around the world.

The postcards here reveal the true artwork of the original medium, from hand–tinting techniques to nostalgic details too small to see with the naked eye: Sandwich–board men asleep on park benches, a cheese vendor eyeing a woman passerby. The messages penned to loved ones back home are perhaps the most delightful gems: “Bringing your wife to Paris is like bringing a meal to a banquet,” quips one traveler.

In its colorful entirety, Paris Postcards offers an addictively voyeuristic slice of the American experience of Paris in the early 20th century.

About Leonard Pitt

Leonard Pitt is an actor and author. He has written two books on Paris, Walks Through Lost Paris and Paris Postcards: The Golden Age, plus A Small Moment of Great Illumination. He currently codirects The Flying Actor Studio, a conservatory for the study of physical theater located in San Francisco. He has performed and taught around the world and lives in Berkeley, California.

"A discrete declaration of love, an array of surprising discoveries. His passion for Paris is that of a true Parisian." —Métro

"How can we not be astonished by Leonard Pitt's profound knowledge of Paris history, and he's from . . . Michigan." —L'Echo

"Leonard is completely legitimate, he's impregnated with Paris. He sees things that we don't see." —Le Figaro (France)

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