Sunday, September 3, 2017

Trincat Street and castle ruins in Les Baux, France

Labor Day Weekend Postcard Blogathon #10

And now, let's transition from the roads to the walkways.

Here's an undated, used Yvon postcard that was published in Paris, France. According to
"Pierre Yves Petit, better known simply as Yvon, took up photography in 1916 and in three years he began publishing postcards of his images under the trade name Edition d’Art Yvon. His early postcards were printed as black & white collotypes, but, unsatisfied with the results, he switched to a rich warm to sepia rotogravure in 1923. ... While some of these view-cards depict very ordinary landmarks, many of Yvon’s cards demonstrate the eye of an extremely accomplished photographer."
I'll agree that Yvon was an excellent photographer. This is a splendid shot, and the reproduction does it justice, in my eyes. This is likely from later in his career, when photo-postcard printing techniques improved, but that's just speculation on my part.

The caption on the back of the card states:

LES BAUX (B.-du-R.) — Rue du Trincat,
au fond, ruines du château féodal

Les Baux-de-Provence is a small village in the region of Provence, France.1 Though only a few hundred people live there, it receives tremendous tourist traffic each year, as visitors check out the picturesque, centuries-old dwellings tucked alongside the ruins of a feudal castle — ruines du château féodal.

If you want to fawn over more walkable streets and communities, before cars took over everything, this July post is a good place to start.

1. Les Baux officially became Les Baux-de-Provence in August 1958, so it's likely that this postcard pre-dates that.

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