Paris: City of Light

Invention of Lithographic Press


Parisian Salons
 ~Salons of   Enlightenment
 ~Madame de   Stäel         
~Salons of the   Restoration
 ~The Salons of   Victor Hugo

Influence of Printed Materials
 ~Pre-Revolutionary   Timeline
 ~Post-Revolutionary   Timeline


Defining the Parisians
 ~Parisians Viewed   by Foreigners
 ~Parisians   Viewed by   Themselves
 ~Paris Fashion




Image 2.9 The Freedom of the Press, anonymous, 1798, Bibliotheque nationale, Paris (Popkin, 62).

This engraving shows the urgent process of printing and distributing newspapers in the streets of Paris. Publishers worked to get the most current information into every available hand; women, men, and children. After the Revolution, the number of Paris printing shops jumped dramatically from 36 to 221, and there was basically no liscense necessary to open a shop or become a publisher. With so many different people and periodicals involved, intense competition kept prices low and therefore affordable for even the working-class.