Fresh tomatoes in Paris, 1976
Image by Ed Yourdon
Paris produce market, Aug 1976 – 18
Note: this photograph was published in an Oct 7, 2008 blog posting entitled " The 2008 economic crisis explained." It was also published in an undated blog called Fruitsticker , which I found on Aug 14, 2009. And it was published in a Jul 16, 2010 Financial News blog titled " Indian Currency Exchange Market – Dollar and Yen Rising Up As Indian Rupee and Euro Fall Flat." And it was published in an Oct 28, 2010 blog titled "Making your number."
Moving into 2011, the photo was published as an illustration in an undated (late Apr 2011) "Fruitsticker #6969" blog titled "#3016: Pears, Concorde." I know, these are tomatoes, not pears — but I’m just reporting what got published.
The photo was also published in an Aug 19, 2011 blog titled "Cool Article Marketing Images."
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 30, 2012 blog titled "Indian CCTV Market Analysis."
In August 1976, Toni and I took a fantastic vacation trip to Europe — starting with a flight on the Concorde to Paris (which was then very new, and now no longer operates at all!), then on to Venice, and then a drive through Florence, across the Mediterranean coastline of Monaco, and then up through France to Paris. When we reached Paris, we stayed at the obscenely expensive Ritz Hotel for a couple days before flying home …
I remembered having seen the French fresh produce market on an earlier (1971) trip to France, and decided that I would go take some pictures early in the morning … of which this is roughly one of a dozen. Tomatoes, oranges, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, milk, sardines, grapes, carrots, cantaloupes, apples, pears, shrimp, clams, peaches, beans, radishes, scallons and lettuce were all on display — piled high, in their own separate bins.
No one picture really captures the overall impact of this cornucopia of colors, smells, and sounds; it’s only when you put a dozen of the pictures side by side that you begin to get a sense of it all. But each bin was artfully arranged; the bunch of dill (or whatever it is) carefully laid at a diagonal angle on the tomatoes in this picture is a good example of the French touch.
By the way, the sign appears to say that a kilo (2.2 lbs) of these tomatoes could be purchased for 2.90 francs. Since all of Europe has now switched to the Euro, I don’t know what this would be in today’s currency. But at the time, I recall that the exchange rate was about 6 francs to the dollar; so this sign would basically indicate that tomatoes were selling for about .25 per pound…
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