Memory of craftsmen and merchants
Once we study bills and other commercial documents, we can discover an large variety of shops, in a time when there were no mini-markets or supermarkets! Some examples to dream about?
In 1910, Bimal & Ribes recalled that their Grand Hotel was “completely refurbished, recommended to Messrs. the travellers”; in 1920, Olivier Clouzié fils praised his “decorations of apartments and churches, letters, fake wood, marbles & attributes”; in 1923, Louis Didouan was the specialist in “articles for cattle, speciality tobacco twine, whips & guides, mosquito nets & muzzlers”. Closer to our times, H. Arcas offers “colonial foods, first choice food products, sulphur & sulphates, clogs, haberdashery, pottery, wines”.
This quick overview of some of these documents that members can discover by clicking here is a real and wonderful journey through time; the opportunity to remember that even in a small village of Lot-&-Garonne, we could for a moment believe itself Course of Intendance in Bordeaux, or on the Grands Boulevards in Paris...