Touched by modernity

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the progressively more pronounced opening up of the countryside to the influences of the big cities had a profound impact on Perigordine society, which was caught between the past and modernity. This manifested itself at all levels: from daily life to social behaviour, from the most intimate aspects of hygiene to lifestyles and relationships with the world. New consumer habits emerged and new professions appeared, cultural and identity references broadened, and political ideas were asserted. The relationship to time and space changed and leisure time increased. Sociability was enriched by new places and new fashionable festivals.

Illustrations :

– Advertisement for watches, clocks and clocks in the Petit journal agricole of 1925, symbols of a new relationship to time to which farmers were now to be subjected. André Voulgre Museum

– Postcards of the rue de Lyon in Mussidan in 1920 and 1970. Chica Collection ©Musée André Voulgre

– Postcard of the priory of Sourzac and the metal bridge over the Isle around 1900. Bridges, a symbol of openness and modernity, considerably changed the daily life of the inhabitants served: shorter distances and safe crossing. Escarment collection

– Photograph of a view of Périgueux with the railway line, the station, a factory and its chimney in 1900. Photograph by André Rigaillaud ©Private collection

– Photograph of the public telephone in Saint Astier in 1930. Private collection in Hervé Mercier, Saint-Astier, 1900-1950, volume 2, La vie Astérienne, Imprimerie IOTA, 2015