Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bleu et Blanc

Those blue and white Parisian street signs evoke much delight.  To the Francophile, moi!, these utilitarian signposts symbolize such bons souvenirs de France.   I'm not the only one.  They have a cult following, it appears.   A bit of online research yields a dizzying amount of trade surrounding the ubiquitous bleu et blanc.  Companies like Emaillerie Normande will customize them with any message you want. Or you could choose from their own selection:  LAPIN LUNATIQUE or HAMSTER MALICIEUX or ENFANT TERRIBLE.    Drôle.


I may just order the ENTRÉE DES ARTISTES for my studio door.

Paris Street Sign Cufflinks

                 And these nifty cufflinks as well -- Is that going too far? 
                 I think not.

Eiffel Tower (At Dusk) Art Poster Print - 24" X 36"

According to Eric Tenin of Paris Daily Photo, Napolean decreed in 1806 that street names no longer be engraved on the walls.  Rather, they were to be painted.  In 1847, authorities chose the enamel plaque. Could they have envisioned what a hot commodity they'd become? 
                                           Street Sign for Intersection of Avenue De New York in Paris, France Photographic Poster Print, 24x32                               


  1. Chère Linda, I enjoyed reading about the enamel plaques and viewing your lovely art. Merci! When Tess and I visited Tulette, we took a photo of "Avenue de Provence". I'll try to remember to post it for you :-)

  2. Thank you, Kristin, for your kind comments. Your essays always bring a smile to my face. One could call your blog "French Blessing-a-Day." Vous ecrivez avec de la gratitude.