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    Posted 6 years ago

    vetraio50
    (717 items)

    The second of the cards on the topic of “la place de la République” has a slightly different emphasis: transport or should that be ‘tramsport’? The statue of Marianne is in the background but up front and centre is the electric tram heading towards Opéra.

    Septimus and Clara Miller were in Paris sometime in 1907. The Millers must have been impressed by the modernity of the city. They were from Melbourne, Australia and would have been familiar with the electric trams introduced there in 1885. There was even a line to Flemington racecourse in 1905.

    But Paris during the Belle Époque. Oh, to have been there at that time!

    The electrification of Paris began with 80 lights (Jablochkoff electric candles) used to light the Avenue de l’Opéra and the Place de l'Opera at the time of the Paris Exposition in 1878. At the Paris Exhibition of 1900 people were still debating whether lighting by incandescent gas mantles or open arc lamps was the better. By 1900 there were 50,900 street lamps in Paris.

    Paris the city of light!
    +
    Paris the electric city!

    I did not immediately notice the electric wires strung across the rue du Temple. In the photo they converge at the feet of the statue of the Republic and the energy flows down to the tram below.

    Electric trams were first demonstrated by Werner von Siemens in 1881 at the International Electrical Exhibition in Paris. By the time the Millers were in Paris there were 13 tram companies operating services in the city. The tram we see in the photo is probably one of the trams of one company that operated in the east of the city: la Compagnie des tramways de l'Est parisien (aka EP). They ran two lines in Paris: from République to l'Opéra and another to Concorde.

    In the photo we see the tram heading down the rue du Temple on one of four tracks.

    On 15 March 1937, the Parisian press celebrated the closure of Paris’s last remaining tram line (Porte de Saint-Cloud • Porte de Vincennes).

    Trams made a tentative return in the seventies in Paris with the fuel crisis.

    In 1986 RATP decided to reintroduce this mode of transport in Ile-de-France. These days journeys made on the T1 tram line range from 85,000 to 100,000 each day.

    “The tram is now perceived as an environmentally friendly means of transport, a way of rebuilding the city landscape and creating a new relationship between urban planning and transport. Despite being narrower than a bus, it can accommodate more passengers, transporting 20,000 to 60 000 people per hour, depending on its location and the local geography.” http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_10607/the-tram-story"

    This is a postcard published by N.D. Phot No. 28: Neurdein et Cie (1860’s-1919) Paris, France.

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      PARIS THE STUNNING TOWN OF FASHION AND ART !!!! Stunning post card and history :)
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      My guess is that those are "guy wires" to suspend the real elec. cable.
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN, GEO, KERRY 'n BLUNDERBUSS too!!!!

      I reckon you are right BB. "Guy wires" is the term.
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks JEWELS!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GARY!!!!!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Imagine Paris back then - beautiful.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks POPS & KAREN!!!!!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV! ! !
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Wonderful photo! It feels like if we are there. It makes me want to jump onto the tram and go to the opera!
    10. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      I have a heap of all sorts of cards from Sympathy to Birthday & some in between if I wasn't having trouble downloading photos I would take some of these plus a couple of ribbons from 1976 used once then put away, it came from a bunch of flowers I received it looks as if it was never used I didn't think they would be collectable. Wrong not the first time in my life & will not be the last. Have a top day Kev & I hope it's got a bit nicer there.
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks ZOWIE, RADEGRUNDER & ELISABETHAN!!!!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks VIOLET ORANGE!!!!!!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV 'n TED STRAUB too !!!!!!!
    15. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      Pleasure as always Kev have a top day isn't it great Spring is here but I can't believe how cool it has got
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TREY 'n ZOWIE!!!!
      Spring's sprung wet 'n cold.
      The blinds are still down but I think it's gonna be grey today too!
    17. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      Still cold here sun is coming out & warms are telling me to feed them when I get through my Emails
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GARGOYLECOLLECTOR !!!!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks VINTAGEFRAN !!!!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT !!!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TOM !!!!!!

      Welcome back!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks INKY !!!!!
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN too !!!!!
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !.!.!.!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks HO2CULTCHA !.!!!!.!

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