Some of you wonder how I sometimes manage to find some more or less odd places here in Paris. There are different ways; a mix of “just by chance”, by always looking to the right and the left, upwards and downwards with my new “blogger eyes”, by reading some books, by listening to friends ... and sometimes by “stealing” from others. This is the case today. Thanks to Catherine, “TheFive of Us”, and a message called “Kids of Paris”, I felt I had to go and see the place she posted about also “live”, actually fairly close to where I live.
So behind this very modern and neutral gate (43 bis rue Damrémont), today the address of a Medical Laboratory and some flats, you will find a corridor decorated by tiles, dated 1910 and designed by Francisque Poulbot (1879-1946). He was a well-known illustrator of especially the “Kids of Paris” as he saw them around Montmartre.
Poulbot had his home - with some decorations - very near, which you also can see below. His “kids” have served as models for a lot of paintings and postcards made by other artists. Such illustrated kids are today often referred to as “poulbots”, but are of course - mostly - not the “real” ones.
Another entrance, very close, also draws your attention (103, rue Lamarck). “Peter & associés”. I’m not involved. This used to be a “Bains Douches”, a public bath until (almost) everybody got their own facilities. “Peter & Associés” seems to organise rallies of vintage cars. The walls are also here nicely decorated by tiles.
I look forward to see some comments from our blogger friend and tiles artist, “SparkleMirror”.
I wish you a nice weekend!