Summer in the shade, 1953 (probably in the Paris suburb)Here is another serie of anonymous pictures which I found along the previous months on various flea markets in France, mostly in these ubiquitous sidewalk sales known in French as vide-greniers
. When I come across one of these attic sales either in Paris or in the French provinces, I use now and then to forage through boxes of old pictures, it’s very interesting both because the photographic quality of many of these small prints but also because of the sharp picture they provide on a gentle way of life and togetherness where simple pleasures were enough to have a good day with friends, colleagues or family.
who passed away recently told us when we visited him a couple years ago that “le vin, c’est fait pour être bu à table, avec des gens qu’on aime bien, avec une bonne bouffe
“, meaning wine is meant to be had with good food and shared with friends and people we like. There’s not always food in these anonymous scenes but the rest is there, a good drink with friends and family.
Some of these pictures had some hand-written information on the back, and for the others I relied on my intuition to date the scene (est. meaning estimated year).
Soldiers holding bottles of wine (est 1910)
Business lunch (est 1958)
End of business lunch at night (est 1958)
Opening a bottle of Champagne (est. 1960)
Group with clergyman in garden (est. 1918)
Soldiers. Guyville, Morocco (april 23 1961)
Courtyard lunch, 14 of august 1950.
4 women at a table (est. 1920)
Brother & sister dining in front of wood cookstove (est. 1958)
Elders chatting (est. 1953)
Chaumont (june 1941)
Camping pour. St Jean de Monts 1955
Camping. St Jean de Monts 1964)
Unidentified military, could be German. (est. 1942)
Picnic in the woods (est. 1920)
French military (probably in Africa – est. 1960
French conscripts (est. 1958)
Etang de l’Ursine (Paris suburb – look at how it looks today
) – est 1900)
New Year’s Eve (Orléans 1960)
Café terrace (est. 1923)
Tablée (est. 1955)