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This week’s photo is from a postcard that dates from the beginning of the 20th century and shows the southern end of the Bassin de la Villette, which is the largest artificial lake in Paris. The lake, located in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, was originally filled with water on December 2, 1808, and links the Canal de l’Ourcq and the Canal Saint-Martin. In the image we can spot several elements of Paris’ public transportation system – over the canal’s arch is the bus company kiosk, and above, the viaduct for the métro’s ligne deux.
Scanné par Claude Shoshany (Collection personnelle) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons