From ‘ghost’ stops and light-up maps, here’s what a subway ride on the Paris Métro looked like in the 1950s

From ‘ghost’ stops and light-up maps, here’s what a subway ride on the Paris Métro looked like in the 1950s

  • Paris’ subway system, the Métro, is the quickest way of getting around the city.
  • In 1950, Paris’ Autonomous Transport Authority (RATP) took over the transport network.
  • This is how a journey on the Paris Métro looked in the 1950s compared with today.
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With 16 interconnected lines, Paris’ subway system, the Métro, is the quickest way of getting around the city.

Featuring architecture inspired by Art Nouveau, the transport system is considered an iconic feature of Paris.

In 1950 when the system was 50 years old, Paris’ Autonomous Transport Authority the RATP took over the operation of Parisian public transport.

From Châtelet to République, from Saint-Lazare to Porte de Saint-Ouen, this is what a journey on Paris’ subway system looked like in the 1950s.

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