My neighbor Baud, and Post Cards!!

Well this is one of those towns/places you go thru almost every week at least and little written on it or pictures taken. It is so natural been about 14 km (less 9 mi)  from home; even if one of sons traveled by here to work. Anway, let me update for you and me this older post on Baud and the post cards!!

This is the story of a very small town but dear to me, my neighbor Baud. It is up the alley from me on the road D768 and also the D779 and we have been in it several times. Let me give them credit and show you what they have, it will surprise you.  Here is Baud, many times buying sweets at the bakery in front of the Church St Pierre, where one of my sons took his bus to go to work. Of course, it is in my beautiful Morbihan Dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. The town is bordered in large part by the Blavet river, and its tributaries the Ével and the Tarun , a bit hilly  going into city center than flat in its center and then up again once going towards the expressway N24.

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The Church of Saint Pierre (St Peter) , originally, the chapel that was adjacent to the parish church , destroyed in 1922. In 1927, the reconstruction project of the Church, decided, rather than rebuild it, to adapt a new nave to the northern façade of the nearby Chapel of Clarity or Chapelle de la Clarté, which then loses its initial function to serve as transept. Thus the Choir of the new Church is oriented to the south. It is to this complex history that the chapel owes its present composite aspect and its double tutelary as the Chapel of Our Lady of Clarity becomes Parish Church of St. Peter. The connection of the two buildings creates a breakthrough in the nave of the chapel. The Chapelle Notre Dame de la Clarté was from the 15C renovated in the 16C and 17C.   It now opens in the nave of the parish church since 1927 and houses the statue of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarté.

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St. Peter’s Church restored in the 20C. The false transept of the present Church is the ancient chapel of Notre-Dame de la Clarity which was completed in the south by a choir and, in the north, by a nave. In 1687, the choir was built. In 1793, the nave was extended to the west and a new façade was rebuilt. The beautiful, flamboyant decoration portals of the chapel were re-used. The large square tower of the Chapel, at the northwest corner, was preserved but diminished in height. The old apse, three-sided, topped with pine nuts, whose crawlers are adorned with kale, remains remarkable. Many elements come from the old Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity Chapel. Some of the old carved pits of the frame, dated 1625, have been preserved: The dated sand pits represent fabulous animals, phylactery angels and musicians.  The organ was built in 1878 brought back in September 1929 and reassembled, it was inaugurated on Sunday of the Rosary, 6 October 1929. After the drought of 1976, it became difficult to play, many faults were heard. It will therefore no longer accompany the offices for 14 years. The organ was inaugurated again fully renovated on 8 June 1991.  The blessing of the present Church took place on March 27, 1927.

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The city of Baud on its heritage/historyhttps://www.mairie-baud.fr/culture-et-patrimoine/histoire-et-patrimoine/histoire-de-baud/

However, for us the best to come here and see is the post cards museum!  The Le Carton Voyageur (formerly, the Cartopole) (see post on new) is a municipal museum dedicated to the postcard, labelled Musée de France since 2017, it presents the most important public Heritage Fund of France in the matter with a collection of more than 120 000 post cards. Illustrating all aspects of daily life in Brittany, France or abroad, the collections cover the 20C and the 21C, with a predilection for the years 1900-1920. It includes a collection of postcards that belonged to the folklorist Bernard de Parades, another of the publisher Hamonic as well as the preparatory drawings of Charles Homualk, given by the latter.

A bit of history I like

In 1995, the Mayor of Baud, Yves Le Roy, a couple of postcards collectors, the Leclère, and the Librarian of the town, James Éveillard,decided to build a Heritage Fund of ancient postcards dedicated to Brittany. Using the regional library acquisition fund, the town gathers a collection of 12 000 postcards dating from the years 1900-1920; and created the Regional Conservatory of the Postcard. In order to make documents accessible to as many people as possible and to develop the tourist attractiveness of the town, a museum was founded the following year, in June 1996: the Cartopole; located on Rue d’Auray (road D768).

The Cartopole integrates, in September 2015, the premises of the Quatro, the new cultural hub of the town. This move brings the Museum to change its name, it becomes the Le Carton Voyageur-Postcard Museum. The property occupies an area of 310 m2 of which 220 m2 of exhibition spaces, in addition to the 20 m2 of reserve in 2017, the museum receives the name Musée de France or Museum of France designation.  The Postcard museum or Le Carton Voyageur ,also accepts donations and made available, to as many individuals as possible. Among the most important, we find the Funds Salaün of the municipal library of Saint-Brieuc (more than 13 600 pc), the Funds of the publisher Hamonic (nearly 6 700 pc) or the postcards of the public library of Brest (more than 1 700 pc).

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Since 2003, the website of the Le Carton Voyageur Museum has presented a database called Cartolis, allowing a search by places or keywords, the zoom on maps, the ordering of reproductions, the creation of personal albums, the annotation of maps and the sending of virtual postcards. In 2019, more than 87 000 documents are available on Cartolis which is regularly updated. webpage: https://www.cartolis.org/index.php

Since 2015, the Le Carton Voyageur Museum has a room of 170 m2 for its main exhibition “Brittany double-sided”. It is a very nice interesting museum ,and if you are into postcards as I was it is a must to visit.

The official Le Carton Voyageur museum webpage: https://www.lecartonvoyageur.fr/le-musee-et-ses-collections/

The Morbihan dept 56 Tourist board on the Baud , le Carton Voyageur museumhttps://www.morbihan.com/baud/le-carton-voyageur-musee-de-la-carte-postale/tabid/12562/offreid/8f3d05fa-84d5-4025-b342-0a8559bfc473

It is a nice town small peaceful, the real France for me. Great memories of getting the petit cochon pastry in Baud at the Le Fournil Baldivien bakery just across from the Church when picking up my son there from his bus ride.  Hope you enjoy this little town ride into deep Morbihan in land or en terre as we say here at its best.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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