Skip to comments.Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: ...owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII
Posted on 05/13/2013 4:05:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Caked in dust and full of turn-of-the century treasures, this Paris apartment is like going back in time.
Having lain untouched for seven decades the abandoned home was discovered three years ago after its owner died aged 91.
The woman who owned the flat, a Mrs De Florian, had fled for the south of France before the outbreak of the Second World War.
She never returned and in the 70 years since, it looks like no-one had set foot inside.
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Wow! What treasures. This is very interesting. Thank you for posting it.
Don’t they have property taxes?? She paid all of that time and never set foot in it again?
The neighbors must have been surprised about the lack of noise.
That is amazing. I’m surprised that after 70 years there isn’t more dust/cobwebs.
That dressing table is sweeeeeeet!
I’d have rented that in a minute- as is. Dusted and tidied up a bit, and left it alone. Sitting in there in the evenings listening to old jazz on a gramophone and reading something with a cat on my lap and a glass of something pleasant within reach.
Current societal norms seem to have tastes far inferior to the pre WWII generations. I love that apartment!
That Mickey Mouse and Porky Pig likely was sold for a pretty penny. The ostrich, probably not so much.
BUMP to look later!
That Triumph is bliss.
Indeed it is. :-)
I like the masculine ceiling beams in the dining/kitchen that give structure to the feminine appointments.
I’d like to see each and every object in the apartment pictured, cleaned up. Just gorgeous.
And the paint doesn’t even seem to be peeling!
I looked at the pictures.
I am skeptical, because I don’t think Mickey Mouse and porky pig looked like that during the war.
And even if they did, I find it hard to believe they avoided rodents (real ones) all this time.
Sitting here listening to some old Satchmo wishing that I’d been in the right place at the right time, cash in hand. Add to my previous vignette open windows and a warm summer rainstorm outside.
Wallpaper is coming down in one corner. That’s alright- benign neglect- I’ll get around to fixing it someday.
One of the photos shows some stuffed toys resembling Mickey Mouse & Porky Pig which suggests the presumed time frame that lady left her flat in 1939 may be off.
I'm not skeptical.
In the late 1990s omebody I know snuck into a vacant small house in my city, coffee on the table, 1950 newspaper opened on the table, 1950 calender on the wall.
As far as I know it's still all there today. I'm trying to find out the address.
Mickey looks pretty real to me!
Dibs on the stuffed emu.
The current, "ideal" apartment, as depicted in most movies, is the ultra-minimalist, geometric, concrete and steel, public bathroom look.
Very austere and inhuman. I wonder what it's all about. Are machines superior to people? Are they going to take over? Are we supposed to be machines?
We’ll need four extra-duty shop-vacs for the dust. Two set to blast, two set to filter. Put two at each end, turn them on and run out for some anjou and beignet.
Reposition the shopvacs about 10 times and with the windows open, we could get the bulk of the dust in a day.
I have no idea what the hell you're talking about. Most movies I see that have the beautiful people living in apartments feature apartments that look like apartments.
Plus didn't the building superintendant have to check on the wiring and plumbing once in a while?
If I owned the building I'd be a tad curious about just why nobody ever comes and goes into this apartment.
A simple knock to see if the tenant was OK would seem in order.
Not to mention the decades worth of Pizza Hut menus hanging on the doorknob.
Agree this is a cool, but weird story.
The dressing table appealed to me too. I’ll bet the antique dealers are salivating!
Don't worry. I believe you.
I'm thinking of movies I've seen where the main character is wealthy and hip --meaning that this is the type of thing that hip and wealthy people are aspiring to.
in 1928 they looked like steamboat willie
don’t know about her time frame
That was the apartment of a very comfortable, even wealthy woman. She had a cheque cut monthly by whomever managed her finances, then had it electronically drafted out of a household account. The money for the expense was not a concern. She likely didn’t even notice it, and if she did the thought of breaking up that household was more than she wanted to deal with.
Maybe it was special somehow, like a bedroom in a house left untouched for years. She liked knowing it was there but didn’t want to go see it. The upstairs of my paternal grandmother’s house was sort of like that, a time capsule. Not quite as grand, though.
I can’t stand that modern, industrial look. How does anyone ever feel at home in such an environment?
Industrial strength blecch sold to the masses as "progressive".
I may be mistaken, but I believe in the upper righthand corner of the first picture, the wallpaper is beginning to peel off of the wall at the ceiling.
Despite that, the apartment really is in remarkable condition.
Odd that she never sent for her art.
Wow, just think of how much money she could have made renting out the apartment for 70 years.
” France had to pay the occupation costs of the German troops.”
We should have tried that with Iraq.
That’s because the paint probably had lead in it. Chuckle.
I agree that they should have discussed that part of the story.
“...The painting was by Boldini and the subject a beautiful Frenchwoman who turned out to be the artist’s former muse and Mrs de Florians grandmother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque...”
It is indeed a portrait of a beautiful woman.
Sad in way... Things that seem so important to us in our lifetime outlive us. We go away and turn to dust; our things remain and get covered in dust.
Kind of sets everything in perspective.
Meant to reply to you - see my post at #36