After months of complaining to Vic, I finally found a junk store in Boston with a box of lost photos. This makes me unreasonably happy. This one of a Peugeot bicycle dealer in France is related to several others that I did not buy, mainly architectural photos. They all have the same typewriting on the back in an odd blue ink. The one says: “La Châtre, a house of the fifteenth century.” This is a translation from an earlier French handwritten note. The typewriter must have been a European model due to the unusual diacritic.
It seems to me, based on some other photos in the box, that many of these photos belonged to a photographer who was stationed with the American military in Wiesbaden, West Germany during the 1950s. Obviously, this photo is older. Was the previous owner once a soldier and then a professor of architecture at one of the local universities? Or is this set of photos completely unrelated? Perhaps belonging to what may be a set of photos from an earlier photography shop that starts with an R? Either way, how did it end up in a box of paper scraps in Boston, being sold for a buck?
that’s a great picture.
FYI – La Chatre is a town in the middle of France, near the cathedral city of Bourges, and still has quite a few buildings like the one in your photograph – as you can see here: