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Christmas past in France

Scenes from Christmas in France (courtesy of the Bibliothèque nationale, Gallica)…

Christmas trees for sale on the banks of the Seine in Paris

Christmas trees for sale on the banks of the Seine in Paris, 1920

French soldiers cut down a Christmas tree, 1914

French soldiers cut down a Christmas tree, 1914

A French soldier chases a goose for Christmas dinner

A French soldier chases a goose for Christmas dinner

proto-hipster swimmer prepares for the annual swimming race in the Seine, 1911

proto-hipster swimmer prepares for the annual swimming race in the Seine, 1911

Christmas swim is not just for men

Christmas swim is not just for men

tough guy ready to win the Christmas swim, and bathing cap dude in his mom's bathrobe

tough guy ready to win the Christmas swim, and bathing cap dude in his mom’s bathrobe

 

Kids at the actinology institute get their Christmas gifts, 1933

Kids at the actinology institute get their Christmas gifts, 1933

Kids at the Actinology Institute getting unhealthy doses of UV rays for Christmas

Kids at the Actinology Institute getting unhealthy doses of UV rays for Christmas

And there you have it—a very What The French?! tour of Christmas Past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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