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toureiffel130fi 460x270 - La Tour Eiffel 130 Ans

The 130th Anniversary of the Eiffel Tower! The title’s in French to differentiate it from the main post I have done for this anniversary. This one is just a collection of tweets and news on the anniversary weekend. I’ll probably hit the delete button in a few days time –Read More →

eiffel130fi 460x270 - The Eiffel Tower's 130th anniversary!

This weekend its the Eiffel Tower’s 130th anniversary! On that day in history (Sunday 31st) 130 years ago the Eiffel Tower was opened for the first time with Eiffel himself leading politicians and Government officials to the top, a walk taking over an hour. The occasion marked the completion ofRead More →

516312 460x270 - The Eiffel Tower's Edoux Lifts

Gustave Eiffel’s new tower, to be built in Paris for the anniversary of French Independence in 1889, wasnt just something that could be put up at a whim. No-one had to that date ever built so high, and worse no-one had ever built lifts that could climb such heights. OriginallyRead More →

horsecartII 460x270 - Michelin House Decorative Tile Pictures

This is the follow up to the feature on Michelin House at 81 Fulham Road, South Kensington, showing each of the fascinating art deco tiled pictures in and around the building. These feature mainly Grand Prix and city to city races in France during the late 19th and early 20thRead More →

midway1 460x270 - Barre's Sliding Railway fails in America

This is the follow up to the Crystal Palace Gliding Railway feature. Following that demonstration this officially became the Barre Sliding Railway Company. The Sliding Railway Company launched investors’ bonds to show it was a serious contender for inter-urban transit. In order to tempt the US market, a line was proposed in Paris from Place Clichy to LaRead More →

design1891 460x270 - The Crystal Palace Gliding Railway

Louis-Dominique Girard’s Gliding Railway (later called the Sliding Railway) was an unusual train whose origins began in the late 1860s as a test line in the grounds of Girard’s home near Paris. It is said Girard developed his patent from somewhat earlier attempts to build a train that skated on lubricated rails – a scheme whichRead More →

meudon 460x270 - Revisiting Meudon

Meudon is a major icon in the history of photograph and its often used as an example in the evolution of photographic composition. I wanted to see if Andre Kertész’s famous 1928 Paris scene still existed, so turned to Google maps for this task. Street View doesnt actually take one to where Kertész tookRead More →