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A couple at the Le Monocle lesbian nightclub, Paris, 1932 -


Le Monocle was a well-known lesbian bar located in Montmartre section of Paris, France that was open from the 1920s thru the early 1940s.

During the 1920s, Paris gained a reputation for the variety of its nighttime options and for its free and easy attitude toward life in general. As a result, many gay and lesbian nightclubs opened and flourished. Among these was Le Monocle, which is credited with being one of the first, and certainly the most famous of lesbian nightclubs. It was opened by Lulu de Montparnasse in the Montmartre area, which at that time was the main gathering place for Parisian lesbians who were often seen at Montmartre’s outdoor cafes or dancing at the Moulin Rouge. Le Monocle’s scene was describe by Florence Tamagne as, “All the women there dressed as men, in Tuxedos, and wore their hair in a bob.”

The name Le Monocle derived from a fad at the time where women who identified as lesbian would sport a monocle to indicate sexual preference. The writer Colette once obsevered the fad by describing women in the area as “often affecting a monocle and a white carnation in the buttonhole.” Source

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Patrons at the nightclub

Lulu de Montparnasse, the owner of the club

The bar at Le Monocle

Another patron

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Jean Patou (avant le défilé), c1960s (Gérard Decaux)

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Parisian Latin Quarter chorus girls photographed by Peter Basch c. 1950s

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Robert Doisneau     Waiting for the Metro, Paris     Undated

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Searching for the Sun King - III

Versailles, France - November 2011

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Actress Jeanne Moreau (b. 1928), date unknown.


La Fermette Marbeuf restaurant, Paris.

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Les Editions du Beau Navire (? n’importe quoi…) présentent “Amours filmés”, dépôt légal 1952.


Luxembourg Palace, Paris 

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1919 Print Family Baby Julian Jacques Leclerc


An old couple of Brieulles-sur-Bar, France who had been under German occupation for four years greet soldiers of the 308th and 166th Infantries upon their arrival during the American advance, November 6, 1918.

Photograph by Lt. Adrian C. Duff of the US Army.


A French priest prays with a wounded US Army soldier during what would be a typical Sunday service in Mont St. Michel, France.


US Army soldier Walton Trohon photographed while cleaning the face of a young French orphan, November 1944

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