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Tagged With: Paris

LUXURY Mr. Steidl’s Sleeping Car …

GERHARD STEIDL WAS BORN IN 1950, lives and works in Göttingen (immortalized by Barbara’s chanson, recently covered beautifully by Gerard Depardieu), is what they all say, the producer of the best art books – and the publisher of some literary big shots (like the late Günter Grass) who trust nobody but him. „The New Yorker“ printed … Weiterlesen »

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WEAPONS Look What a „Harmonica“ …

I FOUND IT IN AN AUCTION CATALOGUE, an „Eight Shooter“, the smallest machine pistol ever produced. The asking price was US$ 2800 or ca. 2500 Euro. Not an unique weapon, the French weapon  smith J. Jarre in Paris manufactured a couple of those strange mini-guns (more like a Derringer) between 1859 and 1870, and the … Weiterlesen »

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ART A Unique Chance in the Musee d’Orsay …

IT’S THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME TO SEE THIS! You enter the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, look for the sale with the paintings of Gustave Courbet – and there you see an enormous plexiglass cage. Inside are up to four ladies and gentleman who restore „L’Atelier du peintre“, from morning until evening, which was painted … Weiterlesen »

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DISCOVERY A Conversation Piece (No. 49)

Basically, it’s nothing. Just a leaf from an old German calender. Sunday, 27th of December 1896. You rumple it and throw it away. But I looked closer and discovered strange things, now long forgotten and not important anymore. For example: 1870 – Beginning of the bombardment of the Mont Avron in the outskirts of Paris. … Weiterlesen »

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ADVERTISING A Story Of Glory … (No. 50)

The PR Chiefs of Wash-ington DC published it on a full page in „The New Yorker“. That’s expensive. And they coined the phrase: „Who needs springtime in Paris!“ – to be followed by the conclusion: „… if everything from the cherry blossom trees to the nightlife and culture is in full bloom!“ What a sight … Weiterlesen »

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FLOWERS In Praise Of … (No. 50)

The praise goes for the breeders of new flowers, amazing what they can do – and the French designer Philippe Starck who got a special rose dedicated to him. Not just a red Baccara kind but a bush with hundred of blossoms in ivory white with a touch of pink! It was shown in Paris … Weiterlesen »

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FASHION The Book To Look (No. 34)

It’s a must-have for all fans of Parisian vintage chic: The publisher Paumes, a franco-japanese group, did a year-long research and printed the results in a fabulous bi-lingual book with the simple titel „Vintage in Paris“ – all the adresses in the French capital where you will get retro Haute couture, secondhand Pret-a-porter outfits and … Weiterlesen »

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CRIME Lost & Found … (No. 59)

A murder for a rare stamp? It has happened. In Paris. The motive: a 2c Hawaiian „Missionary“ of 1851 (see photo). Of the 15 surviving stamps only one has ever been found in unused condition and in 1892 this one was in the collection of the Parisian philatelist, Gaston Leroux. When he was found murdered … Weiterlesen »

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MONSTERS The Critic At Large … (No. 32)

I mentioned the cruel ruler of the oil rich state of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang (worldwide the most hysterical fan of Marilyn Monroe), before. His country, some islands and a bit on the continent in the knee of Africa, has 676 000 inhabitants only and is as small as Belize in Central America. The dictator … Weiterlesen »

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SECRETS Interesting People … (No. 38)

In 1957 it was hard to be recognized as a German in France. The painful memory of the Nazi occupation (and the no less painful collaboration!) was just too fresh. Even a genius, trying to find work in Paris, had to undergo certain transformations – and therefore the young Karl Lagerfeld, inspiring fashion designer from … Weiterlesen »

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