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Paris et ses expositions universelles - Architectures, 1855-1937

Pascal Ory, Bertrand Lemoine, Volker Barth, André Lortie

ISBN 978-2-7577-0025-9 (french)

22.00€

29 x 24,5 cm

Paperback

104 pages

170 illustrations

The spectacular Paris universal exhibitions remain engraved in the collective memory as precious testimonials to their respective eras.

Political, technological and industrial showcases, the exhibitions promoted the celebration of progress but also facilitated access to culture and cultural exchanges. All manner of entertainments, attractions and shows animated the exhibitions, transforming them into gigantic fêtes, which contributed to the phenomenal success they had with visitors.

Although ephemeral, successive universal exhibitions left a profound mark on the Paris landscape by bequeathing a few key monuments to the city, thereby contributing to civic pride. All serve as unique symbols of the capital: the Eiffel Tower, the museum buildings of the Grand and Petit Palais, the Palais de Chaillot and the Palais de Tokyo, the first luxury hotels (Hôtel du Louvre, Grand Hôtel, Hôtel Continental, to name but three), the Pont Alexandre III over the Seine, the Orsay and Invalides central train stations, and the first underground metro line from Porte de Vincennes to Porte Maillot.

The publisher's website.

http://editions.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/the-catalog/bdd/livre/689

I found it at Amazon.ca. I don't know if ordering from Canada offers any savings.

http://www.amazon.ca/Paris-ses-expositions-universelles-Collectif/dp/2757700251/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1255538117&sr=8-1

Edited by Marc Williams

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Hello Mark,

glad you find this book...

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that was for me a great experience... my first exposition in Paris,

with my 1900 expo film in a very good place ! in the midlle of the place... in one of most famous historical place in Paris !

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Much people comes to this exposition, more of 160 000 visitors. That make me a very advertising !

Fortunetely, because I've lost my job in may 2009... and I've start to work about this passion of expo 3d reconstruction ;-)

If you want to see the photos of this exposition :

http://www.lemog.fr/lemog_expo_v2/thumbnails.php?album=252

I've participate much to all the exposition, but the book editor miss me in the author names :-/ hahaha

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Hi Laurent,

Do you know if anybody has tried to compile information on the postcards of the 1900 Paris Exposition? I was impressed by Pascal Pivard's book on the 1937 Expo postcards. But those for 1900 are much more difficult to organize. I have made an attempt with several hundred different 1900 postcards in my collection, but I have very little information to go on. I'm sure somebody in France would have access to much better source material.

I have seen on the internet a good attempt for the 1910 Brussels Exposition.

If you know of anybody working on it, and can share with me their email address, I would appreciate it.

Mine is randy@treadways.net

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Hi Laurent,

Do you know if anybody has tried to compile information on the postcards of the 1900 Paris Exposition? I was impressed by Pascal Pivard's book on the 1937 Expo postcards. But those for 1900 are much more difficult to organize. I have made an attempt with several hundred different 1900 postcards in my collection, but I have very little information to go on. I'm sure somebody in France would have access to much better source material.

I have seen on the internet a good attempt for the 1910 Brussels Exposition.

If you know of anybody working on it, and can share with me their email address, I would appreciate it.

Mine is randy@treadways.net

Pascal Pivard is a very good friend, he have made a great work on this book... I must go in this house next week to prepare a 3d project about the 1937 expo, this time, especially around the "Palais de l'Air", but it's not impossible to do with im one day a project about the german pavilion of 1937, he's certainly the guy most documented about this pavilion !

And about the 1900 Paris Exposition, I don't know for the moment the exhaustive compilation, but anyway, I've an another friend who have a very large poscard collection about 1900 expo.

Also, he have a website with a big part of his collection :

http://collyon.com/

Not always very easy to find what you need on his site, but it has much good things laugh.gif

http://collyon.com/P...ERSELLE_DE_1900

no prob to contact him, his email is on his website : julie.bl(a)wanadoo.fr

This guy is very simpathetic, and always ready to help and exchange about this passion !

And to finish, about the 1910 Brussels Expo, I think you talk about the Xavier Languy website, he have a beautiful collection of postcards and he just finish to wrote a book about the amusement part of this 1910 expo, Bruxelles-Kermesse !

I will meet him next month in Brussels wink.gif

Also start next february 5 an exposition about this fair, in ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), with many pavilion rebuilt in 3d by a belgium student :

http://expo1910.ulb.ac.be/

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Great information Laurent- thanks!

There has been little discussion here about these early 20th century European expos (not even about the big fire in 1910)- it's good to see it get going.

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http://expositions.bnf.fr/universelles/bande_us/index.htm

A great virtual tour of all the French sponsored World's Fairs and Exhibitions (archived at the Nationale Bibliothèque).

1867, 1878, 1889, & 1900.

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