BAYEUX, YESTERDAY AND TODAY

A collector makes a lovely connection.

The other day I was researching Bayeux on the internet and found this wonderful bit from Jeff Stikeman, a Boston based architectural artist and book collector.

In addition to books, I also have an interest in World War II and though I am no historian I do have some familiarity with the subject. I’ve read many books, seen many photographs, and watched many snippets of film recording the war, especially the events concerning D-Day and the invasion of Normandy.  I was shocked, then, when I recognized a building in one of the engravings:

“Ancient House, Bayeux, Calvados, 15th Century”, Engraving No. 1451 from the Raguenet Folio

After digging through more than a few of my books I stumbled on a photo I had subconsciously stored away: A background building in a photo from Dan Vand Der Vat’s excellent “People’s History of D-Day”, p. 183

“A street in the Medieval City of Bayeux: June 7, 1944”  Note the Bristish Army Officers at left, the American Transport at right

Enlarging to read the street sign…

“Rue des Cuisiniers”

A bit of Googling…

Corner of Rue Des Cuisiniers and Rue Saint Martin, Bayeux

…and she still stands, 140 years after Raguenet engraved this building for his encyclopedia, lasting through two wars fought literally at her doorstep, and now simply recorded incidentally in a drive down the street by omnipresent Google.

....foot of the spine

….foot of the spine  © Jeff Stikeman

Used with permission from http://jeffstikeman.wordpress.com/stikeman-bookbindings/

Thanks Jeff!

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