This is an unused "Agenda-Foyer" or home diary from 1894 produced by the Paris department store Maison du Petit Saint Thomas. At 196 pages, it is chock full of advertisements, dinner menus, advertisements, Art Nouveau art and even pull-out "buvards" (ink blotter paper). And of course, plenty of calendar space for notations. It measures about 7.5 by 11 inches. For its age, it is incredibly well preserved. It does not smell musty or like cigarettes. I'm sorry that I don't have room for more photos because the ads and the illustrations for household items are numerous, educational and charming. Certain signatures (sections) in the book are still firmly bound, but there are some that have pulled away from the spine. However, zoom in on the photos and you'll see that it is well constructed with heavy duty binding and the signatures have been sewn in. This was and still is a quality made book. It could easily be restored like new by a professional. It does not have that feeling that it is going to fall apart in your hand at any minute. You might be satisfied with a do-it-yourself attitude and some book binding tape available at most any craft shop. I think the book would make a unique postcard album! I've included some pictures to illustrate how 2 cards would fit per page. Just use double-sided tape on the back of your postcard sleeve.
In an 1867 Paris guide book, Maison du Petit Saint Thomas is described as "a celebrity, a curiosity. One could almost say one of the monuments of Fauborg St Germain: This is the novelty palace on the Left Bank ... ." I don't know when the department store closed but it was still a thriving business during the 1910 flood.
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