The Musée Carnavalet is a wonderful place in Paris, nestled in the beautiful Marais. Housed in two ornate mansions, it is dedicated to the history of Paris.
From 3-D models of what the city looked like through the centuries, to some of the faces off of the Pont Neuf, it’s really a treat.
One of my favorite collections were the two rooms of enseignes, or street signs. They spanned the 16th to 20th centuries. As a great number of the population was illiterate, it was important for business owners to have pictures outside their shops representing their trades.
I saw so many of these on my aimless, meandering lost walks, that I just started photographing them…and then I realized I had enough to make a post!
(Some have words now, but the creativity made these so special.)
And there are so many more. Looking at these now, I remember where each one was located, and what a treat they were when I came upon them. 🙂