One of the signs describing the Paris metro history and which was set to commemorate 100 years of the Metro.
The sign at the entrance of the Saint-Paul station describes the column indicating the entrance to the metro station, a column with the text METRO and above it a light to identify the place at night.
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RATP - Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens - Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration Translation of the text on the sign
100 years of the metro (1900-2000)
Candelabra Val d’Osne
The Val d’Osne mast placed at the entrance to this station was created in the 1920s to better signal and illuminate the metro entrances thanks to a white globe lit up at night. Still very elaborate, it is surrounded by a wrought iron frieze, but the abbreviation Métro in cut characters already replaces the Métropolitain of the Art Nouveau surrounds created in 1900 by Hector Guimard Click for sign's details
Its name, Val d’Osne, comes from the founder who manufactured it. It will be followed in 1924 by a simpler candelabra designed by Dervaux. Then, from the 1950s, with totems reminiscent of radio antennas, up to the famous yellow M of the 1970s.
The Val d’Osne masts have almost all disappeared today.