Hôtel du Pavillon

by Russ on March 25, 2014

Hôtel du Pavillon
Business Card
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on March 25, 2014
Creatively designed business card from the first half of the 1900s to help young enlisted men find their way in Paris.

There must be some fascinating history behind this, dare we say, antique business card. If you want your business card to be respected in perpetuity, go with Next Day Flyers Coupons from http://businesscarddesignreviews.com/next-day-flyers-coupon/ to get the image upgrade your company needs.

The YMCA’s logo stands at the top center of this card with the clarification, “American,” hovering above. Let’s start by letting you know, if you don’t know already, that YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Association.

Founded in 1844 in London and now worldwide, they seek to develop body, mind and spirit through the application of Christian principles. The Worldwide Alliance of YMCAs is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

This YMCA is located in the extreme north of Paris, as we are told by the nearest métro station, St.-Denis. It is the Hôtel du Pavillon because historically a safe place for young men to stay was the primary function of the organization.

During the industrialization of England in the 19th century, the YMCA provided safe housing for the young men traveling from rural areas to London seeking work. At the time, taverns and brothels were the typical draws for young men. The founding of the YMCA was to provide healthy, Christian alternatives.

In 1855, a number of delegates from YMCAs in Europe and North America met in Paris for a conference to form a confederation. While each group remained independent, they agreed to a “common mission for all present and future YMCAs.”

So why American above the logo? Our best guess is that this particular YMCA may have been for American men in particular with English as the language spoken.

This seems to be somewhat supported as we move to the lower portion of the card where we find Hotel for Enlisted Men along with the address and phone number. A little more research uncovers that this YMCA was available to the soldiers as early as World War I.

How can we comment on the design of an antique ministry business card, discolored, folded and tattered? We can, in so much as we can say how wonderful that this YMCA had the wisdom to advertise their hotel.

Surely it was a treasured island available to enlisted men, probably American, during one of the most horrific wars the modern world has ever seen.

Much of the historical information was taken from Wikipedia, YMCA.


86-404-J Business Card, YMCA, Paris, WWI

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