I came across this document in a pile of papers in a french flea market. It’s dated 1896. I find details like this really indicative of their time and culture. For example, the imagery of a military hat, canon, soldiers, rifle, and sword are most certainly indicative of their time. The inclusion of factory and ‘wagon,’ an English word?, point to the industrial revolution. Then again, both words are surprisingly still there in the modern chart. Can anyone think of a French word that starts with W?
I’d love to know who decides which words are chosen for these types of things. Are they chosen ‘par hazard’ or are they given much thought? It’s interesting to note that the first 2 letters in the modern French chart below use the same words. Of all the words in the world!
Do you know all of these? I must admit that I had to look a couple of them up for their exact definition. Even then, it’s tricky as many of the above images are toys.