Vintage: Paris during World War I by Charles Lansiaux

Vintage: Paris during World War I by Charles Lansiaux


Charles Lansiaux (1855-1939) became a photographer at the end of the 19th century. He established his own business in 1903, describing his company purpose as “Artistic and industrial photography, city works, emergency works, interior photography with artificial light, enlargements, amateur documentary photography.”

At the beginning of the war in 1914, he started documenting daily life in Paris, far from the frontline. The resulting series of over 1000 images, titled “Aspects of Paris during the war of 1914” was not initially intended for publication but to be preserved as a testimony of what had happened. The Paris Historical library purchased the images as they were taken.

1914. Gare de Lyon.

1914. Gare de Lyon. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Wounded soldiers at the Trocadero.

1914. Wounded soldiers at the Trocadero. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Registration of Belgian refugees in the Paris circus.

1914. Registration of Belgian refugees in the Paris circus. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Grands Boulevards. The great Viennese Café took on the appearance of an advertising agency.

1914. Grands Boulevards. The great Viennese Café took on the appearance of an advertising agency. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914 Avenue du Maine. After two months of war, grocers put up banners in front of the store to show that things are going well.

1914 Avenue du Maine. After two months of war, grocers put up banners in front of the store to show that things are going well. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. The Grand Palais. The kitchens were installed under the colonnade.

1914. The Grand Palais. The kitchens were installed under the colonnade. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. A shop of the Maggi Swiss dairy company looted because suspected of selling poisoned milk, rue de la Tombe-Issoire.

1914. A shop of the Maggi Swiss dairy company looted because suspected of selling poisoned milk, rue de la Tombe-Issoire. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. The Grand Palais. An interesting place to set the gun.

1914. The Grand Palais. An interesting place to set the gun. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Young girls and women collecting money for casualties at a metro entrance.

1914. Young girls and women collecting money for casualties at a metro entrance. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Crowd in front of the headquarters of the newspaper "Le Matin", boulevard Poissonnière.

1914. Crowd in front of the headquarters of the newspaper “Le Matin”, boulevard Poissonnière. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. North Station. Hospital ward.

1914. North Station. Hospital ward. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. North Station. The Red Cross collecting donations.

1914. North Station. The Red Cross collecting donations. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Gare Montparnasse. Ladies handed gifts to the wounded soldiers.

1914. Gare Montparnasse. Ladies handed gifts to the wounded soldiers. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. North Station. Room for luggage turned into a hospital ward.

1914. North Station. Room for luggage turned into a hospital ward. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Hawker sells cloth opposite the Opera.

1914. Hawker sells cloth opposite the Opera. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Handmade workshop, established through the generosity of the Duchess of Talleyrand in the galleries of the Trocadero.

1914. Handmade workshop, established through the generosity of the Duchess of Talleyrand in the galleries of the Trocadero. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. The Grand Palais, which became a hospital for wounded soldiers.

1914. The Grand Palais, which became a hospital for wounded soldiers. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Rue Laseped.

1914. Rue Laseped. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Arab refugees in the area of Gare de Lyon.

1914. Arab refugees in the area of Gare de Lyon. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1914. Refugees at the North Station.

1914. Refugees at the North Station. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1915. The transfer of the ashes of Rouget de Lisle in Les Invalides.

1915. The transfer of the ashes of Rouget de Lisle in Les Invalides. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1915. Esplanade des Invalides. Mobilized Englishwoman.

1915. Esplanade des Invalides. Mobilized Englishwoman. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1915. East Station.

1915. East Station. Photo: Charles Lansiaux

1915. Champs Elysees.

1915. Champs Elysees. Photo: Charles Lansiaux


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