If you wonder what the Louvre and especially its Carrousel looked like in the beginning of the 20th Century, wonder no more, here is your answer.
Now, don’t start getting all worked up about how it looked so much better back then. First, all of Paris looked so much better back then, because – remember – the few cars that existed back then where horse drawn, so no need for ugly macadam pavement, parking lots and such everywhere.
Also, talking about parking lots, if you think the Cour Carrée went straight from this nicely planted square to the glass pyramid, you’re missing a few stages in-between. For example, the first time I went to Paris, I was about 10 years old, in the early 80s, the whole area that you can see on the picture (basically between the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to the Louvre itself, was just a giant ugly parking lot… Yep, you read me right.
On a side note, there is an address noted. It’s 9, rue Jeanne d’Arc in Rosny-sous-Bois. Unfortunately, I don’t remember who wrote it (and the actual postcard is about 10,000 kms from me right now), not that it really matters, but it’s funny to see a century old address that obviously still exists.