Paris, France, has more than a few nicknames. You may know it as the City of Love. It's official nickname is the City of Light because of its role in the Age of Enlightenment. (Though some say it's also because Paris was the first European city to be lit by gas lamps.) Whatever you call it, these vintage pictures prove everything has always been prettier in Paris.
Paris held the World's Fair for the third time in 1878. During this particular year, the city celebrated its agriculture, art and history — although the public exhibition varies in theme and hosting country each year. You can also see the head of what would later be the Statue of Liberty. Sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi displayed this work in order to raise interest (and funds) for the project.
Almost a decade later, construction on the Eiffel Tower began. When Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel's construction company won the commission to build the iconic tower in 1867, he had no idea that it would become one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
Hosting the World's Fair for the fourth time in 1889, the main attraction was the newly finished Eiffel Tower. Its arch served as the entranceway to the expo.
The temperature of Paris is generally temperate year-round, but these ladies know to bring an umbrella. Paris is known for its frequent downpours with beaming sunshine only minutes later.
The word juggler comes from the Late Middle Age English word Jogelen, to entertain by performing tricks, which in turn stems from the old French word Jangler.
The Champs-Elysees is one of 12 straight avenues that lead to the Place de l'Etoile in Paris. Its name is French for Elysian Fields, the final resting place for the honorable and virtuous in Greek mythology.
Today, the Seine river, located in northern France, is often crowded with commercial and sight-seeing boats...
...but apparently its bank was a cozy place for lovers to cuddle in the 50's.
Suzette Clairy, a French model, took her boyfriend out for a ride in a Reyonnah. The wheels on this compact car can be taken in to let the car fit into a tight parking space. Not too shabby for early transportation!
A fashionable young lady waits at a bus stop in the late 50's. It is no surprise that the famous bi-annual fashion week would be established in the city 13 years later.
During the year of 1960, the Eiffel Tower hosted 1,735,230 visitors.
Like today, once upon a time, young couples caught up over wine and cheese at cafes.
But, vintage Paris just wouldn't be vintage Paris if the magic of the French boulangerie wasn't captured (alongside the most adorable Parisian girl ever).