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Sign: Paris - 100 Years of Metro History - 1924 - Dervaux candelabra

Alma - Marceau, Paris, France
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On the sign:
100 ans de métro (1900-2000)
RATP logo
histoire(s) de métro

Candelabre Dervaux

Pour permettre aux Parisiens de trouver facilement les accès aux stations, des entourages extérieurs signalent les bouches de métro grâce aux mâts tulipes intégrés aux balustrades Art nouveau d’Hector Guimard.

Au fil des années, ces mâts se diversifient. Dès le début du siècle apparaissent les Val d’Osne qui sont encore très ouvragés.

Dessiné par l’architecte Dervaux dans les années 1920, le candélabre installé ici est posé sur un entourage en fer forgé qui se fond dans l’environnement urbain. Certains portent la mention Piétons, pour inviter ces derniers à traverser la rue en empruntant les passages souterrains. Surmontés d’un globe lumineux, ils signalent les stations aux noctambules qui peuvent s’y engouffrer jusqu’à 1h du matin pour le dernier métro.
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One of the signs describing the Paris metro history and which was set to commemorate 100 years of the Metro.

The current sign depicts the lights at the top of the masts that indicate the metro station, and was photographed at the Alma - Marceau station

You can see the bulb on the next sign Click for sign's details Or in the following photo taken in 2019 at the Babylon station
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Val d’Osne masts, depicted on another sign Click for sign's details

RATP - Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens - Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration

Translation of the text on the sign:
100 years of the metro (1900-2000)
metro history


Dervaux candelabra

To enable Parisians to easily find access to the stations, exterior surrounds mark the metro entrances using tulip poles integrated into Hector Guimard’s Art Nouveau balustrades.

Over the years, these masts diversified. From the beginning of the century, the Val d’Osne appeared, which was still very elaborate.

Designed by the architect Dervaux in the 1920s, the candelabra installed here is placed on a wrought iron surround which blends into the urban environment. Some are marked Pedestrians, to invite them to cross the street using the underground passages. Topped with a luminous globe, they indicate the stations to night owls who can rush there until 1 a.m. for the last metro.

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