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.)

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For Olive Oil on Rue des Martyrs

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Bookstore in Galerie Vivienne

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A store dedicated to all things for your fireplace.

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Reupholsters

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Wonderful Brasserie in the Latin Quarter.

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Polidor (I know, you’ve seen this one already.)

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Au Pied de Cochon – restaurant in Les Halles open 24/7.

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A place to get an extra key cut for your beautiful pied á terre.

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Rotisserie chickens?

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Fresh fish.

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Salmon and Caviar

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Eyeglasses and repairs

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This indicated the restaurant was inside the courtyard. When you walked into the courtyard, you could see different floors and types of dance classes in progress. Hence, The Studio.

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A blacksmith along the Seine.

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. 🙂

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