Category: Paris


                                                 “A wonderful
feeling of confidence in the air”

“Sunday October 20 1918 – It is the opening of
the new loan
and Paris is en fete. There are hundreds of Boche cannon in
the Place and on the terraces of the Tuileries dozens of Hun airplanes. The Tuileries
are also full of guns; and flags are being raised everywhere. Athletic exercises and parade took place this
afternoon There is a wonderful
feeling of confidence in the air. The people seem so be happy and free from
care. It is a marvelous change from six weeks ago when it looked as though the
war might drag on for months.

You would have enjoyed today’s enthusiasm and

American reporter and volunteer in Paris – Paris Days and London Nights –Photo: Sunday October 20 1918 in Paris – La Contemporaine – See more photos of that day here

“Can you picture Johnny …

“Can you picture Johnny

who never left Gage County, Nebraska before,

trying to order eggs in one of those fancy
cafés on Rue de something-or-other? Would he just crow like a chicken until
they figured out what he wanted? “

The Last of the Doughboys: The
Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War
– Illustration: “This is not a Hula-Hula dance. It is a picture of an American soldier ordering two-three minute soft
boiled eggs by imitating a rooster.”

by awesome American aviator & artist Penrose Vass Stout

Do You Parley Voo?: WWI French Phrasebooks

“Saturday October 5 1918 – Arrive in Par…

“Saturday October 5 1918 – Arrive in
Paris 11am –
feel at home in Paris.

Lunch leaves
me without money. All my permissions have ended the same — broke in Paris!

Gare du Nord at 8:20pm for

American ambulance driver returning to camp after his permission in Aix-les-Bains – Diaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: 1918,
American ambulance driver’s lunch in Paris.


                                                                   LA PAIX – PEACE

the war we ’re going to go

frolic in frivolous Paris; We ’ll make a stream of
champagne flow

From Etoile down to
Saint Denis; Through the Arc de Triomphe we will file,

And visit all the swell cafés ; We ’ll
celebrate it in a style

Not equalled since the Hundred Days:

That’s what we ’re
really fighting for — That party that we’ve got in store,

After the War.”

American ambulance
driver’s verse – En Repos and Elsewhere Over There: Verses Written in France,
– WW1, Paris, en terrasse at the Café de la Paix
(Peace café)


                                                             ON LES AURA!

“Well, dear people, these are perilous and critical times, but
somehow I feel that “on les aura” will prove to be a justifiable war cry. We’ve
got to get them and anybody who doesn’t go down in the boat trying, ought to be exiled to Germany. If we survive
this year, all is well with the world and I think we shall.”

August 1918, American ambulance driver in France – Three Lying or Four Sitting – Photo: 1918, “ON LES AURA” (we will get them), a store located on rue St Lazare, Paris 9eme – In 1918, as Paris was big Bertha’s favorite target, Parisian
shopkeepers glued strips of tape on their windows to reduce the risk
of breakage in case of explosion. In the process, these shopkeepers found a way to express their creativity.  See great photos of Paris during WW1

A map showing where shells from the Paris Gun …

A map showing where shells from the Paris Gun fell in the French capital. The German super-heavy weapon shelled Paris between March and August 1918, killing 256 Parisians. The shells flew so far and high that the gunners had to take the rotation of the Earth into their calculations. The gun was dismantled and destroyed by the retreating Germans on August 9, 1918.

                         August 4 1918 –…

                         August 4 1918 – Nothing disturbs the
serenity of the French capital

‘Paris is not terrified by the
shells hurtling from Big Bertha’s prodigious mouth. Paris remains Paris, and unless she is shattered
to atoms she will always retain her individuality. Perhaps the most noticeable
change in her street life is the absence of idlers. There are fewer civilians
and‘ more soldiers,
less gaiety and more signs of mourning; but the boulevards on bright days have
still their old movement and life, the restaurants are well patronized, the
shops are all open, and the department stores bustle with

Robert M. Mcbride, American journalist in Paris, for Travel Spring Summer 1918, Volume 31 – Photo: August 4 1918, a soldier and a lady chitchatting, on a quiet Parisian boulevard. La Contemporaine

“July 27 1918 – En permission…

“July 27 1918 – En permission! One day in Paris, one night in Lyon, seven days at
Aix les Bains, two days in Paris.”

American ambulance driver in France – The Compensations
of Wa
r – Photo: 1917-1918, taken by

Kimmel, American ambulance driver visiting Paris.
University of Kentucky


                                                          GLACE à la


“Life goes on in the French capital, and the little
joys and sorrows, comedies and tragedies of everyday life are still enacted
despite the danger at the gates and in the air.”


1918, Paris,

Travel, Volume 31 –  Photo: Paris, Vanilla Ice Cream cart @ Gallica         


There’s nothing I don’t
know about Fords by now.” 

“My Ford has a temperamental disposition, poor dear, and
we can never tell what she will do next. She has really been awful
to my nerves during this last month, as I have driven her every day, and
every day she has done something. There’s nothing I don’t know about Fords by
now. First, her carburetor leaked perpetually for a week, so we changed the
carburetor. Then she had three tire-changing fits, so we got new ones. You’d think that would be enough, but no, we took
her all to pieces and cleaned out the carbon, for the second time in two weeks,
and put her together again. She wasn’t a bit grateful, and the next day dropped
off her gasoline pipe for me. I must say to her credit that she had the sense
to do it in the garage doorway, and not at the Place de l’Opera or the Champs Elysees
or the Arc de Triomphe – why add insult to injury ?”

WW1 American lady ambulance driver in Paris, France “Back of the Front in France: Letters from Amy Owen Bradley”
Photo: 1918, France,  American ambulance drivers working on a Ford – Radcliffe
Institute – Harvard University