Amazing Photos That Capture France in the 1930s, Just Before WWII

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Born 1894 in Keene, New Hampshire, Fay Sturtevant Lincoln, known professionally as F. S. Lincoln, was an architectural photographer active from the 1930s to the 1950s in New York City, Long Island, New York State, and with commissions in Charleston, South Carolina, and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Lincoln first got into photography when helping his older brother print picture postcards for a local politician. Inspired by this he borrowed a camera and sold photographs to his high school senior class and his fellow soldiers after serving in WWI. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied engineering but later pursued his passion for photography.

By 1933, Lincoln had his own studio that remained successful until he retired in 1965. He moved to Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1976.

These amazing photos were taken by Fay Sturtevant Lincoln that show France from 1934 to 1937, just before the Second World War.

Normandy, France. Mont St. Michel, 1934

Normandy, France. Man on bicycle transporting animal hides, 1934

Normandy, France. Two girls, 1934

Paris, France. Exterior view of Robert Mallet-Stevens apartment, 1934

Paris, France. Interior view of Robert Mallet-Stevens apartment, 1934

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