Old pictures of Paris integrated to modern life


Quai d’Orléans, 1930

Swimming at the Quai d’Orléans, not far from the Pont Saint-Louis. Bathing in the Seine was forbidden in 1923 but the practice would continue regardless until the 1950s. Despite repeated promises and a marked improvement in the quality of the water, those who dived in the river ran the risk of fines (and possibly contamination).