85 Years Ago: Simone de Beauvoir and John Paul Sartre Behind The Trigger

    As begins L. P. Hartley’s novel The Go-Between: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

    Indeed, they do. Almost exactly 85 years ago, existentialist philosopher and feminist Simone de Beauvoir visited a fairground attraction with existentialist and Marxist Jean-Paul Sartre, at the very beginning of their long-lasting relationship. The attraction? A shooting gallery that took your picture when you hit the target.

    Despite her closed eyes, the photograph is evidence that she didn’t miss.

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    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]