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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Sunday Afternoon in France

Sunday Afternoon in France

A French Sunday afternoon after lunch in the "Restaurant de la Poste." No idea who and where, certainly in the quiet 30's. View full size.

Could be in the South of France.

The motorcycle plate indicates the "Bouches du Rhône" French department (Marseille CA2).

The car is most probably a "Chenard & Walcker" AIGLE8 (used a FORD V8 engine ca1935), rather a luxury car. Front plate not visible on the picture. Strange since stricly mandatory in France even at that time.

Difficult to be more specific : there are "restaurants de la poste" in many, many French cities !

Two used to be very famous : Saulieu and Avallon. Saulieu at that time deserved three Michelin stars. A family lunch at such a fancy place would have certainly deserved a photo...

Bravo !

i was wondered if someone would notice that ... follow my next photo i'll post ...

Re: Two legs and a shadow

Thank you, Wayne Johnson, for describing your careful observation. My responses:
Shadows can have shiny pools of light in them?
Shadows can look like reflections: everywhere or only in France?

[I agree with Wayne Johnson. The heavy jpeg compression of the image as submitted obscures much detail in the original photo, but we can still see that the middle leg-like object is indeed a leg as there remains evidence of the lighter-colored spat or legging, here in shadow. There's no sign of that on the left "object." What appears to be a reflection in the left "object" - in reality a shadow of the woman's dress - may also well be a scratch or white speck on the surface of the print, like the one on the door of the car, which is similarly blurred by the jpeg compression. - tterrace]

Two legs and a shadow

The leg on the right (her left leg) is in the sun, the leg on the left is in the shade, and what appears to be a third leg is the shadow of her skirt. The sunlight passing though a gap in the pleat of the skirt is a bright spot on the shadow that looks remarkably like a reflection off a shoe.

She looks like she was quite a formidable woman. I wouldn't want to ask her if she has thee legs.

Three legs

The white-haired old lady appears to have three legs, each with a different shoe. I know French people sometimes seem strange, but this is ridiculous.

 
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