Queue at Café Martin

Photograph

Description

English

Taken a month after the end of the war, this photograph shows civilians queuing to buy coffee in Paris. Rationing remained in effect in France even after the end of the First World War. This was due to major economic imbalances (mainly the difficult shift from a war economy towards a peace one and the high rate of inflation).

French

Les années de guerre furent des années de pénuries pour les populations des grandes villes (ici une queue à Paris pour s’approvisionner en café en décembre 1918). La priorité donnée aux industries d’armement, la difficile reconversion de celles-ci et l’inflation désorganisèrent durablement l’économie dans les années de l’immédiat après-guerre.

Full title
Queue at Café Martin
Created
December, 1918
Format
Photograph
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