Before the start of World War II, the owner of this apartment in Paris fled to the south of France. For reasons not entirely known, she never returned and the apartment remained untouched for 70 years. When the owner passed away at the age of 91, her executor discovered the apartment and a team was sent to investigate. What they found was astonishing. Under a thick layer of dust was a trove of turn-of-the-century objects including several paintings.
forgotten profession: before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like mary smith of brenton street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. they were known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. mrs. smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in limehouse fields, london. photo from philip Davies’ lost london 1870-1945.