Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Some genuine pictures for your French boutiques

Bonjour de France!

This is my 2nd week in France and the weather has improved a lot and we can have all our meals outside in the garden. The big difference with Thailand is that here, night falls after 8:30, while in Thailand it's dark almost all year long after 6:30. I can enjoy long evenings in the garden.
I want to share with you some original black and white photographs showing little "commerce" (shops) with their owners in the early 1900's.
This is in a small town, so the shops are modest but interesting for us, miniaturists, to get details.
Here we go:

Interesting, isn't it?

If you ever plan to build a French old shop, I am sure these old photographs taken by an amateur in his village in the early 1900's will help you.
7:00 PM: time for aperitif with olives and toasts with "rilletes" and "paté" LOL!
Talk to you soon;
Next time, I will tell you about my 1st order for a 1/12  French shophouse! So cool!
and..... I have 99 followers now. When I get 100, I'll have a giveaway for the lucky one.


  1. Hi Patrick, I think I'm the 100th follower. I've been reading your blog but had not "signed up" as a follower.
    The photos you show today are quite a treasure. I love seeing them - thanks for posting them.

  2. These are wonderful! I looked at many books with old photos when I built my ghosttown Baslow Ranch. It's always so interesting to see how people lived and worked.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing these Patrick, they're real treasures.

  4. Fantastic photos, thank you so much for sharing. Love to see the facades and the clothes the people were wearing in about 1900.

  5. Thank you for sharing these very interesting and inspiring photos. It's funny how clients and shopowners stepped out and posed for the photos. Seems that to be photographed was a great event at those times.
    Hugs, Drora

  6. It's great that your time in France is accompanied by nice weather, makes it more fun doesn't it? Eating and being outside is so much nicer. Thank you so much for sharing these shopfronts, that's so nice of you! Enjoy your stay in France!

  7. Great ideas for anyone building a shop from scratch, but all the people look pretty miserable don't they, perhaps it is just the B&W photography!

  8. Taking pictures was probably unusual by that time, at the turn of the century, that's probably why shopowners, customers and neighbours posed for the photographer.
    To take a picture, people had to stand without moving while the photographer was operating.
    About the costumes, these pictures were taken in a small rural town, they were not poor but they weren't rich and probably didn't spend much on clothes as in Paris.Though I noticed there's a milliner's shop. But I am quite sure most villagers were farmhands; Most of the men wear wooden clogs. The men also wear a black or dark blue "blouse" (gown?, overall?) that was the outfit of cattle dealers on market's day in small towns. Women wear "bonnets" that were different according to the province.
    Please add your comment if you have nay
    Maybe movies give us a wrong image on how people dressed in rural areas.

  9. What a beautiful pictures. It is a dream to shop in such a old shop.
    Nice to see what clothes they wore.

  10. Even if the shops are simple, there are a lot of interesting details, like curtains, signs with different fonts, style of the windows, glas decoration and how the merchandise was displayed.
    Thank you Patrick!


  11. merci pour les photos mais , beaucoup de ces façades ont des vitres trop petites et en miniature il est intéressant de voir un maximum à travers la vitre .La boucherie me brancherait bien pour une futur boutique.

  12. Merci pour toutes ses photos. Je suis une grande fan de ces boutiques anciennes, elles ont un cachet, une âme, contrairement aux boutiques d'aujourd'hui qui porte partout la même enseigne, les même couleurs et les même noms. Un régal pour les yeux.

  13. It is a very valuable collection of photographs from the documentary point of view, and you are right, they are precious projects. Thank you very much for showing them.

  14. You've got a new follower, your work is very impressive! But most of all i love your approach and research in building all the architectural detailing. Your batch of historical pictures are excellent reference for anybody interested to create a unique shop front.

  15. Those pics are very intriguing! And what I found interesting here is that their shop’s façade looks very simple and uniformed. They didn't go for the overly-intricate designs to make their shops look more outstanding among the others. I always believe that this kind of format is ideal for new startup business, especially in bakeshops. The designs and whatnot should follow, after the shop has built it's niche. That way it doesn't look cluttered in the long run. Thanks for sharing!

    Josh Saunders