Friday, August 01, 2014

JARNAC VIEWS - THEN AND NOW



In a realtor's office I came across a book about the history of Jarnac. While he was on the phone and kept me waiting, it was very interesting to see the history of this town throughout the ages.
I snapped some images of vintage postcards that were printed inside the book to later visit the same spots and take images for comparison.  While most of the structures are very much the same or similar, the biggest differences that you can see is that there are many more trees now and back then, commerce was in full swing. It seems small town life has changed in many ways.

There'd be more sights to see the difference, but this is a good start. 

 Check it out:


USED TO BE THE COMMUNITY LAUNDRY

NOW WE FEED THE DUCKS HERE

MY FAVORITE. A GROCERY STORE ATTACHED TO THE CHURCH

NOT ANY MORE. AND YES, THAT'S A PHONE BOOTH 

CITY HALL WOULD BE TO THE (INVISIBLE) RIGHT

SAME SAME WITHOUT THE WOMEN

A PAINT SHOP

A GROUP HOME

GRAND RUE


LIBERATION DAY, 1944

HAVEN'T WASHED THEIR FACADES SINCE.....

AND OF COURSE THIS HOUSE

PLEASE NOTE, WE STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL SHUTTERS.

A FAMILY WITH 8 KIDS



OLD ADVERTISING ON THE SIDE FACADE

4 comments:

keenast said...

I love those before and after photos! Especially the hardware store. Would you know when this photo was taken?

H.Peter said...

I have a picture very very similar to that one from a son of the guy in the image. He played in this house when he was a kid.
It was taken in 1910. Before the first war.

The realtor who lent me the book, sold the house next door, Le Chapeau Rouge. As part of his commission he received the over 100 year old trade sign. He never restored it, but offered it to me for sale last week....

Emm said...

Those are marvelous, thank you. Is Rue Gambetta in the middle of town? Then, it looks as if it might be. Now, it looks a bit minor.

H.Peter said...

It's smack dab middle of town. Renamed Grand Rue. Looking towards the church.
Yes, village life around Europe is a receding trend....