Sunday, 3 February 2013

It All Ads Up

Paris iPhone Photo Chronicles
~ It All Ads Up ~

It All Adds Up by Paris Set Me Free
It All Ads Up, a photo by Paris Set Me Free on Flickr.

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I've been slowly but surely getting into old Paris posters, postcards and pics. I had a stint on e-Bay a while back where I got a few for not very much but they tended to be reproductions and not the genuine articles - you have to watch out for that.

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I haven't got enough money to get into the hobby big time though and there are plenty of people out there who have already cornered the market as it were. I'm one of those people who hate a) not having the whole collection and, b) not having as many as everyone else. That probably says a lot about my personality - spoilt, selfish, capricious, egotistical, rapacious... - but I have found a great way of getting around the problem: I don't collect things any more. It's cheaper and much less stressful.

Well, I still do, kind of. I've discovered so many wonderful images of old Paris through Google that there's not really any need to actually 'possess' them these days. And even the nature of 'possessing' something is changing. Having the image on my computer, or just access to it, and then sharing it on feels pretty much good enough for me.

There's a real charm about the old ads but often an inherent sexism - and occasionally colonial condescension - from other times, where a woman's life would only be complete and perfect with the latest 'hi-tech' kitchen appliance or cleaning product. Come to think of it, some of today's ads would leave you feeling that things haven't changed much - check out all those shiny ladies with their shiny faces in their lovely shiny homes serving their happy shiny families or sitting on shiny cars...

And why not...
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