By the end of the war, France was traumatised and in ruins. The years from 1945-1960 at the Grand Palais are a demonstration of the moral, political and economic challenges the country faced: it had to rebuild. Year after year, the monument embodied the spirit of the "Glorious Thirty".
Forbidden to those under 16 years old, the exhibition received 500,000 visitors in seven weeks.
At the exhibition, the child was king: they could play, take a turn on a carousel or a slide, and watch a puppet, magic or circus show. Older children could sit down to a watch a popular film ("Rintintin", "Zorro"...). As years went on, stands would come to focus on education rather than leisure.
We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the construction of this journey through the Grand Palais and those who have given us valuable time and information as well as permission to reproduce their documentation.