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Cutting edge technology, XIXth century style.

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by mauve, May 10, 2012.

  1. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/o0VZgkusTyctifKYrZ0RKdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> scaphandriers. "600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">De <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/103998957370310666248/OLYMPUSEP1?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">OLYMPUS E-P1</a></td></tr></table>

    I usually don't go out of my way to picture cemeteries, but the Père Lachaise in Paris is special. There are lots of artists' graves, sure, but it's also a burial place that's still in daily use, with spaces devoted to important political figures, war heroes, little known religions, mystics of every possible trend, etc.

    The bulk of the graves are mid XIXth - early XXth century, and among the majority of boring regular mausoleum, there are many tiny gems to find.

    The grave I pictured is of french pioneers in the crafting of deep-sea diving suits. And they were so proud of their inventions they decided to add divers as support to their heraldic arms. The fun part is, I've known this place for over 10 years and I thought I pretty much had it covered. But I was wrong. I found this on my latest trip there, last sunday...

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