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Submitted by Cindy Potter Taylor

Information Picture Question
Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 10/14/2018 4:17 PM
Family Surname: PLOSZCZUK
Country: France
Town: Paris?
Date of Image: 1917-1925
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Family lore has Chonon Ploszczuk fleeing to France to avoid the WWI draft into the Polish Army. I am curious about the letters, words, numbers on top of the photo.
I have a second photo of wife and child with Paris address on the reverse side.

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10/15/2018 7:02 AM (In) Dunkerque?? Boulevard St.Martin 43 ???
10/15/2018 7:11 AM This photo could have been taken in Paris, as 43 B S Martin is still an address in Paris which reads

43 boulevard [short, is Bd] Saint [short, is St] Martin in 3rd district (arrondissement) - 75003. Odd numbers are in 3rd district, and even numbers are in 10th district. See,4.98667,2.35709,48.86874/Z15/

The truncated word ending with "QUE" could be République as the address is near a famous place named "République Square", or the name of the photo studio.

261 G is probably a reference for the photo studio.
10/16/2018 3:43 AM Address in France is normally written with the street name first followed by the house number. The letter "B" after the number usually refers to the second entrance of the original building numbered 43.

The type of street (Avenue, Rue, Place, etc) is normally the first word.

Google has a S(aint?) Martin as an area within Paris.

Expanding a guess by a prior writer could have been:

Place del la République, 43B in the Paris district of S. Martin

10/16/2018 5:54 AM I have some very similar family photos from Paris in 1920 with the words "PHOTO-MECANIQUE" and then an address, in the same fonts. I suspect it was for a photo booth. Probably the first word was cut off when they trimmed the strip of photos.
10/16/2018 10:36 AM In France the address is number first, followed by street. Street followed by number is Belgian.
10/24/2018 10:01 AM i doubt that it's a photo booth picture, because the picture is too carefully lit, and the print is too well preserved, despite the stain on the left side.

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