Longtime readers of this blog will know that I love most things Paris. But what you may not know is that I absolutely adore collecting things (not just stories!) As a result, I have an always growing collection of pretty pieces of ribbon, vintage postcards and an ever-increasing number of fossils. I also now have a small, yet steadily growing set of Eiffel Tower Memorabilia. Here it is:
Token/ Souvenir for Going up the Eiffel Tower, 1889
This souvenir token was designed by Charles Trotin and reads “Souvenir de mon ascension au sommet de la Tour Eiffel 1889” (souvenir of my ascent to the Top of the Eiffel Tower, 1889). I picked it up in a little antique shop in Ashburton, Devon, England and have loved it ever since!
Manufactured by the Usine Mettalurgique Parisienne in Paris, the designer Trotin was born in Paris in 1833 and designed a whole range of medals during his lifetime. Of all my Eiffel Tower Memorabilia, this is by far my most treasured piece and it sits in pride of place on my desk (which is quite an achievement considering how many piles of paper I always have scattered about)!
Vintage Paris Postcard, Prior to 1930
I picked up this vintage Paris postcard while shopping at the Marché aux Puces de St Ouen. This flea market, held in the north of Paris, is supposedly the largest of its kind in the world. And when you visit, you never know quite what you’ll find… Just like when I stumbled on this vintage Paris postcard for just €1.
Although the postcard isn’t dated, the reverse reads “The Eiffel Tower, the highest construction in the world (330 yds)”, suggesting that it was produced prior to 1930! I love carrying this postcard around in my bag as it always makes for a good photo prop when I’m shooting café pictures, or when I want a quirky view of Paris included in my frame!
Ticket for visiting the Eiffel Tower, 2015
Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m totally one of those people who save their entry tickets as a form of souvenir! After all, once you’ve paid for the attraction (or shown your student ID if you’re lucky enough to still be studying!) then the ticket is completely free to keep. I actually keep all of my tickets stuck around my desk as it serves as a cool reminder as to some of the amazing places I’ve been lucky to visit.
Mini Eiffel Tower, 2015
Of all my Eiffel Tower Memorabilia collection, this is probably the most ‘touristy’ piece. I have no idea when this was made (though it’s obviously modern), so I’ve added the date I purchased it- 2015. The first time I went up the Eiffel Tower was actually on the first day I moved to Paris. My sister (who helped carry my completely full suitcases halfway across the city) and I ascended the tower at sunset and as a souvenir of our lovely time together, I bought the mini tower!