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Au bon puits, rue Michel Le Conte, 36 (IIIe)
Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)
Paris, France (Place created)
Albumen silver print
21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)
In the 1600s, when literacy was rare, symbols were used to illustrate the goods and services offered by merchants. At this shop front, Eugène Atget photographed a sign that featured a wrought iron rope, bucket, and pulley, which allude to a well. The refreshment drawn up at Au Bon Puits(The Good Well) was not water but wine. This historic sign is now part of a collection in the Musée Carnavalet that focuses on early pictorial signs.