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A step back in time.

I thought you may be interested in a story I ran across while reading some news articles today. I will try to post the relevant picture as well as the story.

Lost Parisian Apartment Is An Unmatched Time Capsule From The 40's

Posted on March 13, 2014 In Educational, News

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? Well, this apartment from the Belle Epoque era is probably as close as you're going to get for now. (I doubt you'll think it's "settling" for second best " it's an incredible look at a historical period from the perspective of a French noblewoman.)

Here's the story:

Madame de Florian inherited a Parisian apartment from her grandmother in the city's 9th arondissement. The apartment building is located by the famed red-light district and the Opera Garnier. When the fighting of World War II threatened to spill into Paris in 1942, de Florian left the city and her apartment at 23 years old to live in the south of France in the French Riviera.

The apartment remained completely untouched for the next 70 years and de Florian continued to pay rent on the property during the entire time it was unoccupied. In fact, the apartment was only discovered when de Florian died at 91 years old.

Auctioneer Olivier Choppin-Janvry and his team were commissioned by the family to visit the apartment in order to take stock of de Florian's estate. Inside, there was a surprise waiting for the team: an apartment-sized time capsule of the Belle Epoque era in Paris, a period when the city enjoyed a cultural renaissance.

Some of the highlights of the decor included a taxidermy ostrich, retro stuffed animals (mickey Mouse and Porky the Pig) and other glamorous accessories befitting of an upper class French woman.

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Thats cool!

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I saw that story a couple of months ago. The pictures from the apartment are just amazing!

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That is incredible! Don't you wonder why she was paying on it for all those years? Like what was running through her head.

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Perhaps an accountant handled her bills. For him, it was just another bill to pay, and for her, since she didn't see the bill for the apartment she didn't even think about it.

Just speculating.

Or maybe she thought she'd go back to Paris someday and never got around to it.

Obviously paying the rent wasn't a burden either way.

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What a great article.

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That is cool but that stuffed ostrich creeps me out.

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Great article!

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Wow...that is really cool. I would love to see the rest of the apartment. I wonder if there were letters or other personal items, maybe a diary, that gave them more clues into her life.

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Try this link, it has more on the article and pictures.

http://www.boredlion.com/lost-parisian-apartment-is-an-unmatched-time-capsule-from-the-40s/