So imagine how amazed I was to find this "Miniplan de Paris" from 1959 in a box of ephemera I bought for next to nothing at a New Jersey flea market. Written in pencil on the map's red cover is its price: 316 Old French Francs, which converted to about 65 cents back then. Also on this relic, the city market, Les Halles, still exists in a spot that is now the location of a gigantic subterranean shopping mall and transportation hub. The Centre Pompidou had yet to be built, and the Gare d'Orsay was still a train station, but for the most part, this map could take you through Paris just as easily as it must have more than 50 years ago.
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Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter