This weeks photo shows a woman selling goods at Les Halles in 1917, and is part of a series of photos taken in Paris during World War I. Les Halles was traditionally Paris’ central market, and was largely put in place by King Philippe II Auguste in 1183. It’s trademark glass and iron structures were constructed during the 1850s. With Emile Zola’s novel, Le Ventre de Paris (which depicts the busy bazaar in the 19th century) the market gained the nickname the Belly of Paris. In 1971, the market was completely taken down and moved to Rungis, a southern suburb of Paris, that is today said to be the largest fresh food market in the world.
This work (Paris pendant la guerre [les Halles] / [Agence Rol]), via Gallica.bnf.fr) is free of known copyright restrictions.
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