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The Pleasures of Paris in 1956 and a great LP from the Columbia Master Series, how does it relate to photography?

This lucky find of mine, including a booklet, was not thumbed to near oblivion, and as fresh as yesterday’s printing. Look at the cover of the booklet (above), by the way, does not give any credit to the graphic artist who did the lay out. Printed in black and white with a red color added, does not have a date.

The front cover causes no stir anywhere in the world, but in 1956 it still could! Paris was immortal and love would be immortalized again by the 1956 book by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken titled Love in Saint Germain des Pres not even published in English at the time. In 1952, Henri Cartier Bresson’s famous photo book The Decisive Moment appeared, and gave us a glimpse at France’s best photo moments.

The wonderful booklet has photos by the best French photographers like: Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Sabine Weiss from the Rapho-Guillamette Agency,  with American photographers Sanford Roth, Carl Perutz, and Fred Plaut. None of them were identified in the captions!

Below are what two famous writers from opposite parts of the world had to say about Paris: The first one extends his memorable impressions of Parisian life from around the middle of the nineteenth century in a few poignant paragraphs for which he is rightly famous, it is from Honore de Balzac (1799-1850). The other memorable impression is from that very, very quintessential American writer Mark Twain (1835-1910).

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Listen to this fabulous CAN-CAN music below on YouTube played on mandolins! Superb!

Is there anything more you would have us add to these superb impressions?

If you are still in doubt that there was love all around, then have a look at this photograph shown below. Do you think she was sitting in an empty cart or warming those famous baquettes?

To conclude this post: The notes about the music by German born French composer Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) are on the back of the LP cover, it was Offenbach’s music that was mostly associated with the famous Can-Can dance.