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The Museum of letters and manuscripts: photos, description (Musee des lettres et manuscrits)

The Museum of letters and manuscripts - it would seem a strange place in the Internet age. However, at this age he created: a private Parisian Museum, outdoor French businessman gérard Leriche, began work in 2004. It occupies three floors of a specially reconstructed mansion on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. (The mansion was reconstructed to create the necessary conditions for storing old documents: they need special lighting, and temperature.) Three floors, 600 square meters and everywhere the same - just a showcase with pieces of paper! But people go and pay money. Why?

The question is, what kind of paper. Many of them have changed the course of history. Behind the glass showcases is a truly precious documents: the manuscript works of Newton and Einstein (calculation of theory of relativity), drawn by Edison bulbs, a Montgolfier balloon. Telegram from the captain of the Titanic, sent immediately after the accident: "All passengers are safe." A telegram signed personally by Eisenhower: "the Mission of the allied forces made in 02.41 local time, may 7, 1945". Among the documents of the Second world war (letters and secret messages by Charles de Gaulle, Churchill, and numerous official documents) are also personal letters from Auschwitz.

Personal letters in the Museum do a lot - Rubens, Monet, van Gogh, Rodin, Jack London, Mark TWAIN, Moliere, Racine, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Charles VI, Richelieu, Catherine de Medici, Marie-Antoinette. Different style, different signature, yellowed paper... you Can argue about how did Edith Piaf to her love letters with empty flaunted in the literal sense of the word, but were in a Museum and this exhibition.

Here are the scores of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, manuscript of Chateaubriand, Maupassant, Balzac, Hugo - seen as the birthplace of the great works, how the work progressed over the word, it was work. Not the Backspace button press, and to strike out the written, write with the pen on top, again as appropriate.

In the collection of the Museum about 70,000 letters, manuscripts, autographs, drawings, old books. Most of them are kept in the vaults, but constantly hosts temporary exhibitions. The Museum never ceases to replenish the collection - for example, in 2011, he bought a notebook Napoleon with exercises in English. The Emperor studied the language of enemies while in exile on the island of St. Helena. "How are they doing?" he wrote in English in a notebook, and drew close to the fortress and plans of battles. Here and movie is not necessary, in these "just paper" is a lifetime.