This old, faded black and white postcard of a neighborhood often explored in the innocence of wandering times brings me back for a brief moment to the era of my ancestors.
The space of these two moments, between the postcard and the present, is rich with anecdotes and insights about the city of Nantes. Let's generously distribute the cards, find an enthusiast to tell us these stories, and appreciate the gentle feeling of nostalgia that envelops us carried by his words. If you are from Nantes, you certainly know this storyteller: Stéphane Pajot.. You may have enjoyed him in the 180 episodes of “Nantes à la carte” broadcast on the local channel Télénantes in a three-minute format. An author and journalist, he is defined by his colleagues at Ouest France as a 'Collector, snooper, dreamer, and sharer.' We were destined to meet! Members of the Super Constellation Enthusiasts Club have known Stéphane for a while. He dedicated one of his 'Nantes à la carte' episodes to the F-BGNJ, as well as a few articles in the local press.
On Saturday, November 4, seated at our reconstructed small Parisian Special lounge, he kindly conducted a book signing session for his latest work 'Nantes nous transporte,' accompanied by his publisher Cyril Armange (Edition d'Orbestier). 'On horseback, by bike, by tram, by train, by car, by dirigible balloon, or by plane, this book will take you through the eventful history of transportation in Nantes... Journeying through more than two hundred and fifty old photographs, often unpublished and sometimes unusual, 'Nantes nous transporte' recalls how the former Venice of the West has always been at the forefront of public transportation.' In the middle of this work, in the chapter 'In the Air,' you will find a double page on the history of our F-BGNJ, also well-known to the people of Nantes since its last flight in 1974.
If you love the history of Nantes, don't hesitate to get “Nantes nous transporte”
Photo Antoine Gellusseau