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This 'cour' was transformed into a commercial passage about a year ago. It is especially harmonious because it was developed as a unit by its unique owner, and now is fully occupied by small shops featuring glass, ceramics, engravings,photo: herve millot, grand monde poster a tea shop, a wine bar at the Rue Daval end - and Hervé Millot's 'Grand Monde' poster shop.

There are other card and poster shops in Paris, but these offer only reproductions. In contrast Hervé Millot offers a small selection of contemporary posters. Like the 'Posters of the Week' featured in Metropole, they are industrial productions - and once used for their purposes, usually disappear.

Hervé Millot sits for a minute in front of a rock concert poster.

Hervé Millot is a lot more selective than me. I find whatever is on the street in a particular week, but he looks for artistic quality. Several of times a year, he puts a thematic exhibition together. The current one features music-events posters, and it will continue until September. Cinema posters will follow.

Hervé Millot has done what I have not been able to do. His posters begin with a commercial life, and he manages to save a few before they land in the trash. And, as a collector for 30 years, he has an experienced eye for posters with above average artistic quality.

At one time, well-known artists regularly lent their talents to poster art. This practice has nearly died out. What little there is, Hervé Millot tries to get.

Although his posters are commercial productions, they are rare because the numbers available are small. The contradiction is that he cannot charge much for them.

Posters in the 40x60 cm format sell for 50 francs and the 120x160 cm ones go for 200 francs. Having them optionaly mounted on fabric costs another 500 francs, but greatly increases their stability for hanging.

Hervé Millot also restores old engravings. For posters mounted on fabric, he will remove the fold-lines, by hand - by retouching the printed dots one-by-one so they match the rest of the poster.

The Grand Monde, Cour Damoye, at 12. Place de la Bastille, Paris 11. InfoTel/Fax.: 01 48 05 51 30.

Café Metropole Club's 41th Session

I got the numbers wrong here last week - the last club meeting with the server-lady Linda Thalman handling the secretary's functions was the 40th. Last Thursday's meeting with the regular club secretary present, was number 41.

The numbers actually make little difference. Thursday was a fine day in Paris. If any club members werephoto: pavillon de l'arsenal in the city they decided to enjoy whatever it was they were doing - leaving the club secretary to compete with the club's waiter, Monsieur Ferrat, in yawning.

This resulted in an absence of exciting club 'news.' I sincerely hope you can attend the coming club meeting next Thursday, 27. July. If it looks like the weather will be fine again, I will attend with an exciting book to read. One yawning contest was enough.

While in the Bastille area, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal is worth a visit.

However, a new reader and as yet non-member, claims the 'meeting news' is not boring in this week's 'club news,' which would be boring without his email contribution.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.30 - 26. July 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was headlined 'Hello To All This,' as Metropole resumed after its move to Paris. The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Does 'Au Bistro' Have a Future?' All these doubts! This issue had three features, titled 'Paris Looks Good - The 'Move' In Three Parts,' 'Strolling With Ernie' and 'My First Sunday Croissants.' The 'Scene' columnphoto: rue des lions saint-paul had 'Haring's Doodles' and a few other items. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'A New Joe In Town.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.30 - 27. July 1998 - The Café Metropole column hinted at fun in paradise with the title of: 'The Escargot Races.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Tour fe France Bikers Go On Strike.' This issue had two features, titled 'An Unstructured Flash-Visit To the Marais' and 'Ups and Downs of Paris Nannydom' by Tracy Turner. The World Cup generated some Emails too. There four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Metro's Tour de France Entry' which was silly but free of wierd substances.

Metropole Paris' Nearly Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

Although this countdown is regaining importance in France as more officials are referring more often to the beginning of the 'Third Millennium' on Monday, I. January 2001 - I cannot add more at this time because France is closed for the holidays. Effectively this means we are in the nowhere month of mid-summer; but having left the 20th century last December but not yet arrived in the 21st, something should turn up within a month. If this idea gathers momentum, start getting ready for a repeat of last year's New Year's Eve, with all the trimmings.

There are only about 160 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really fussy readers, this figure is correct. On account of this section being revived due to a perk up of interest, 206 days have gone since New Year's 2000.
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