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Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: ...owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII
DailyMailUK ^ | 01:57 EST, 13 May 2013 | Leon Watson

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: flee; paris; wwii
Pictures at the link.
1 posted on 05/13/2013 4:05:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Wow! What treasures. This is very interesting. Thank you for posting it.


2 posted on 05/13/2013 4:08:28 PM PDT by District13 (I miss my country!)
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To: BenLurkin

Don’t they have property taxes?? She paid all of that time and never set foot in it again?

Strange story


3 posted on 05/13/2013 4:10:42 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

The neighbors must have been surprised about the lack of noise.


4 posted on 05/13/2013 4:13:12 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: BenLurkin

That is amazing. I’m surprised that after 70 years there isn’t more dust/cobwebs.


5 posted on 05/13/2013 4:13:46 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: RummyChick; onyx; penelopesire; LucyT; MestaMachine

Girl trip!


6 posted on 05/13/2013 4:14:44 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: BenLurkin

That dressing table is sweeeeeeet!


7 posted on 05/13/2013 4:15:13 PM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

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.

*bliss*


8 posted on 05/13/2013 4:15:21 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: mass55th

Current societal norms seem to have tastes far inferior to the pre WWII generations. I love that apartment!


9 posted on 05/13/2013 4:15:48 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pingawinga


10 posted on 05/13/2013 4:16:21 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: BenLurkin

That Mickey Mouse and Porky Pig likely was sold for a pretty penny. The ostrich, probably not so much.


11 posted on 05/13/2013 4:16:31 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: hoosiermama; onyx

BUMP to look later!


12 posted on 05/13/2013 4:17:22 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Riley

That Triumph is bliss.


13 posted on 05/13/2013 4:19:05 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Indeed it is. :-)


14 posted on 05/13/2013 4:20:30 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

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!


15 posted on 05/13/2013 4:30:41 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: BenLurkin

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.


16 posted on 05/13/2013 4:33:15 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: txhurl

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.


17 posted on 05/13/2013 4:37:45 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


18 posted on 05/13/2013 4:41:56 PM PDT by wtd
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To: justlurking
Mickey Mouse Doll 1940s

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.

19 posted on 05/13/2013 4:47:29 PM PDT by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: justlurking

Mickey looks pretty real to me!


20 posted on 05/13/2013 4:48:49 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: diverteach

Dibs on the stuffed emu.


21 posted on 05/13/2013 4:51:59 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: blackdog
Current societal norms seem to have tastes far inferior to the pre WWII generations. I love that apartment!

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?

22 posted on 05/13/2013 4:54:37 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Riley

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.


23 posted on 05/13/2013 4:56:18 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
The current, "ideal" apartment, as depicted in most movies, is the ultra-minimalist, geometric, concrete and steel, public bathroom look.

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.

24 posted on 05/13/2013 5:01:26 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: RummyChick
What about rent/ homeowners dues, maintenance fees, etc.?

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.

25 posted on 05/13/2013 5:07:35 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: diverteach

The dressing table appealed to me too. I’ll bet the antique dealers are salivating!


26 posted on 05/13/2013 5:14:39 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Sirius Lee
I have no idea what the hell you're talking about.

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.

27 posted on 05/13/2013 5:16:15 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: wtd

in 1928 they looked like steamboat willie

don’t know about her time frame

http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2011/100toys_1_50/mickey_mouse_06.jpg


28 posted on 05/13/2013 5:21:24 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: boop

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.


29 posted on 05/13/2013 5:21:58 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I can’t stand that modern, industrial look. How does anyone ever feel at home in such an environment?


30 posted on 05/13/2013 5:26:28 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: CatherineofAragon
Agreed. They're cold, clinical, harsh, ugly.

Industrial strength blecch sold to the masses as "progressive".

31 posted on 05/13/2013 6:00:53 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: txhurl

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.


32 posted on 05/13/2013 6:24:46 PM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined effort Today forges Tomorrow)
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To: BenLurkin; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; GeronL; Cincinna; SunkenCiv; ...

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.


33 posted on 05/13/2013 8:42:23 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: txhurl

That’s because the paint probably had lead in it. Chuckle.


34 posted on 05/14/2013 12:13:18 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: RummyChick

I agree that they should have discussed that part of the story.


35 posted on 05/14/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: District13

“...The painting was by Boldini and the subject a beautiful Frenchwoman who turned out to be the artist’s former muse and Mrs de Florian’s 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.


36 posted on 05/14/2013 6:09:48 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Impy

Meant to reply to you - see my post at #36


37 posted on 05/14/2013 6:11:23 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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