Check Out These Ironically Humorous Photos From France in the 1950s… Au Revoir!

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In case you’re not old enough to remember, street photography didn’t start becoming popular until the 1950s and ’60s. That’s when French photographer René Maltête decided to take his talents to the streets of France armed with a Semflex 6×6 camera and a dream. It took a while but he finally got his big break when someone discovered a series of photos that were a combination of ironic and humorous.
Capturing these types of scene on camera is a true art form… and Maltête was good at it. And while he sadly passed away in 2000, his photographs continue to flourish. We’ve all heard the saying that “timing is everything.” Well these photos prove that point… and then some.
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Broken arm, broken car, broken spirit…
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Apparently smoking used to be heavenly.
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Boring reading is fundamental.
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Sometimes you just need to win, even if it’s against yourself.
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A relaxing family walk along the boardwalk.
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Now HE is a beauty!
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En garde!
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Love is above and it’s looking down on you.
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That doesn’t appear to be a snake!
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Sometimes we all lose our heads.
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Silence is golden… but apparently he didn’t get the memo.
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Oh mademoiselle, what nice legs you have!
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Hands up! Or I will gas you!
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The one in the middle is thinking, “Look at this loser!”
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Hello, is anybody in there?
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What goes up…
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Apparently the concept of “men working” is the same today as it was in 1950s France.
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