A large fold-out map of Paris and the areas around it housed in a small pocket-sized booklet with information in French, English and German.
I found this wonderful little booklet/map at a vide-grenier recently and for just 3€ I had to have it. There is no date on it anywhere but I suspect it is from the 1950s or 1960s. It’s a very large, two-sided map of Paris and its surrounding areas housed in a little pocket-sized booklet with information in French, English and German.
The booklet itself is 11cm wide and 16cm tall with 12 pages of information. The map is much bigger, measuring 75cm wide and 56 cm tall. It folds up to fit nicely into the booklet where it is glued to the inside of the back cover. The booklet and map are meant to guide tourists to the “must see” monuments in and around Paris.
The front side of the map details greater Paris with lots and lots of tiny images of the main attractions in the city. Some metro lines and stations are also represented. The reverse side features the areas around Paris stretching from Anet in the west to Villiers-Saint-Georges in the east and Beauvais in the north to Malesherbes in the south. Again, there are lots of images of castles, churches, towers and more to give you an idea of what’s worth visiting outside of Paris. Rivers, railroad lines and main roads are also clearly marked.
I really love these little maps from decades gone by. The colors and images are fantastic and the care taken in designing and creating them is clear to see. I’ve scanned the booklet and both sides of the map and created PDFs that you can download. See the download links below.
[click on any image to see sample pages]