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I must firstly apologise that this is not a British photographic enquiry, but I would be very grateful to know whether any members might have ready access either to hard copies or to an online resource of French local trade directories - les annuaires commerciaux. The localities concerned are specifically Le Touquet and Nice, covering the period between 1920 and 1940. During this time a firm of street photographers - Philo-Ciné - took pictures of passers by, including holidaying British tourists, probably using the André Debrie Sept cine camera, and normally four frames in a cine sequence were printed out onto a strip of card measuring 24 by 9 cm., the reverse surface being printed as two postcards that could be separated by cutting apart with scissors.
They worked from a number of addresses - 1 Rue Halévy, later 23 Promenade des Anglais in NIce in the winter, and 76 later 81 Rue St. Jean in Le Touquet during the summer. They advertised both in the Paris Soir and Paris Midi between 1934 and 1938 in the "offres d'emplois" columns, looking for amateur photographers, male or female, during the Depression years. My suspicion is that they were also active during the latter 1920s, but I have yet to confirm this. Their activities may well have ceased on the outbreak of war. If any members have any information I would be most grateful to hear from them, or if they can suggest an online resource where I could check.
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