The vehicles change with the age .

Les véhicules changent avec l’âge

English version below the French sentences below the photos.


 Quand j ‘ avais environ 3 ans je tirais mon chariot en bois .  
  Je transportais mon ours . Le cheval en bois était derrière !  Finalement le cheval, c’était moi .

  When I was about 3 years old I dragged my wooden cart .
  I drove my bear . The wooden horse was behind . Finally the true horse was me .



 Je pratique la trottinette ( faite en bois )  . Ce n ‘ était pas facile ici avec les cailloux sur le sol . Vous remarquerez le tablier que portaient longtemps les garçons à ce moment là ainsi que les cheveux longs .

 I practise the child ‘ s scooter ( made with wood ) . It was not easy here with all the stones in the ground . You will notice the boys wore during a long time the apron at this time and had long hair . 


 J ‘ avais 8 ans et j’étais fier d’avoir un grand vélo . J’étais un boy – scout .( 29 septembre 1941 )  .

           I was 8 years and half  and I was proud to drive a big bicycle. I was a boy scout ( September 29, 1941)

1946 /47 

J ‘ ai grandi . Je m ‘ en vais à la mer non loin de Marquise , ma ville natale , avec un passager : notre chien Dick . Il était heureux et se tenait bien tranquille .

 I grew up . I am going to the beach no far of Marquise , ma birthplace , with a passenger , our dog called Dick . He was happy and remained quiet ;


J ‘ ai acheté  une petite moto en 1954 . La photo a été prise en 1958 en hiver . Je portais un chaud équipement . Je roulais par tous les temps . J ‘ allais voir ma fiancée Janine chez ses parents . 

I bought a small motorbike in 1954 . The photo has been taken in the winter 1958 . I wore a warm outfit .I was going to visit my fiance Janine at her parents ‘  home !


Janine et moi partant pour un court voyage   . En ce temps là le passager était assis plus haut que le conducteur

   Janine and me starting for a short ride. At this time the passenger was sat higher than the driver .


  A l ‘ armée .J ‘ y appris à conduire une voiture . Me voici au volant d ‘ une Jeep .
   Je me suis marié avec Janine en début de 1961 et nous eûmes notre première voiture .

 At the army I learnt to drive a car . I am here driving a Jeep .
 I married Janine at the beginning of 1961 and we had our first car .


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132 Responses to The vehicles change with the age .

  1. mrswrangler says:

    Intresting pictures showing how you grew up and how vehicles changed.

  2. Si je poursuis la courbe, tu es ensuite passé au camion Bernard puis à la Caravelle … en sortant un peu de la route. C’est encore le chariot en bois que je préfère !
    Une douce et souriante fin de journée à toi et à Janine, sans grise mine mais avec gris nez !

    • J ‘aime ton humour , Gilles . Peut-être pas avec les camions et les avions mais ,en effet cette entrée aura une suite juqu’à mes présents vieux jours !!! 🙂
      A propos de camions, existe-t-il encore des camions et autobus de marque française ?
      Amitié à toi.

      • Renault Trucks est une marque française. La société, elle, appartient à Volvo. Restent Soframe, Thomas Constructeur, Chereau peut-être, Arquus … Pour les bus : Heuliez, Bolloré, Alsthom, Bluebus, Fast Concept Car, Iveco … Après une recherche sur Internet !
        Une belle soirée à toi, Michel.

      • Merci beaucoup Gilles pour cette recherche . Je pensais aux camions Berliet et aux autobus Citroën qui étaient très présents après la guerre dans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais

  3. calmkate says:

    what a stunning history of you, your courtship and your vehicles … delightful idea for a post! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you at each stage 🙂

  4. blb1 says:

    A fun read. I had a metal scooter then roller skates. The only bicycle at our house was mom’s that she seldom rode and I don’t remember riding it.

  5. Love this post, Michel! Wonderful photos and narration that tell your story so well! Such a beautiful story! ❤ ❤ ❤ Have a great week!

  6. These are wonderful pics. I love following along your childhood and such a delight to know that you and Janine were bikers just like me and my hubby. Our favorite pastime ! You guys look pretty cool. 🤗

  7. maidyk says:

    de plus en plus rapide le moyen de locomotion …
    Les jouets en bois ont toujours été les plus solides et ils plaisent toujours encore !
    J’aime beaucoup le sourire de Janine derrière toi sur la moto !
    bonne semaine à vous ! bises !

  8. Great memories and photos. I especially like the one of you two on the motorbike.

  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    I enjoyed this travel through the years, Michel! These are wonderful photos, especially you and Janine on the motorbike.

    Love to you, Janine and the family, ❤

  10. judyrutrider says:

    This post was brilliant! Your rich history on wheels – I love it. I’m surprised it didn’t include a horse at some point as the Duchess must have learned her love somewhere.

  11. murisopsis says:

    A great retrospective of your “vehicles”! I love the bicycle when you were 8 1/2 – it is almost as big as you are!! Could you reach the pedals? Janine has remained as beautiful as ever and you have also remained a “dashing” figure!!

  12. How wonderful, Michel! All through the years you have been riding in style! Great vehicles! Great fun! 🙂 And what wonderful memories! I, too, was expecting to see you on a horse at some point. 😉
    HUGS for you and beautiful Janine!!! 🙂

  13. Rachel says:

    I love that you visited Janine in a motorbike. Kind of romantic! ❤️

  14. Caro says:

    Quelle évolution, toujours avide de liberté 😉et d etre avec la nature .je dois tenir de toi😅…😘

  15. Susan Joos says:

    What a comprehensive collection of wheels! I don’t have the photos to prove it, but my progression probably started similarly with a pull toy, then a wagon, a tricycle, a small bike with training wheels, oh – roller skates! (The kind that attached to your shoes and were tightened with a key), then a real bike, then several more years until I reluctantly learned to drive a car. No motorcycles for me! My husband grew up similarly, and was also treated to experiences flying a plane and a helicopter on various birthdays as a special gift. Only a short time, but it counts. They had wheels, even if they weren’t much used!

  16. Susan Joos says:

    Uh oh, I posted a long comment but navigated away too soon and I think I lost it! No time right now to reconstruct; love your photos! So neat that you had enough for such an illustrated story!

  17. Doug Thomas says:

    What a delightful look at the times of your life, using the means of transportation you used!

    • I was growing physically and in mind probably: ! 🙂

      • Doug Thomas says:

        Of course, and your transportation needs evolved to big, better, and nicer forms. I enjoyed the later ones where you were finally in cars, too. Of course, vintage French cars always interest me because French cars seem to be more technologically advanced than other nation’s care of the same age. Like 1930’s Citroen front wheel drive cars. For that matter , Michelin introduced steel-belted tires in 1948 or so, well before the world made them the standard.

      • If I post another post about my cars you will see I got a lot of Citroën for the reason
        you say and with Michelin tires !! 🙂

      • Doug Thomas says:

        My VW Golf Sportwagen is scheduled to get Michelins this year if I can swing the cost, otherwise, I’ll get them next year. I had Michelins on two other cars and liked them for ride and low noise qualities. My car came with Bridgestone tires that have poor grip as far as I’m concerned. I’ve had Continentals on all other cars I’ve owned, but the Michelins still are tops! I’d love to have Peugeots and Citroens available over here again. When I was in Germany, I wanted to get a Peugeot 504 since I had good reviews from a German who worked for the US Army who had one, and almost bought a Citroen 2CV!

      • Peugeot 504 was a good car . But what a difference with Citroën 2CV! This being said the 2CV is an historical car for vcollection!! 🙂
        You are right about Michelin tires . they are renowned.

      • Doug Thomas says:

        The 2CV is one of those cars you love despite its terrible deficiencies, but what it is is what it is, no pretense or apologies! Plus it got France on the road after the terrible rages of WWII. And it’s cute!

      • My first car in 1960 was not the 2 CV Citroën for various reasons ,it was a Renault 4CV. Your comment incites me to make a post about
        ut my cars ! 🙂
        About War II , you are right , France, after the hemporragia of WW1, has been totaly ruined with WWII

      • Doug Thomas says:

        My first car was a used 1970 VW Beetle. My second one was a new 1975 VW Rabbit (Golf). After a new 1977 Audi Fox (80), I drove American cars till I went back to the VW Golf Sportwagen in 2016. I’ve always like the European cars best!

        I hope you do make a post about the cars you had through the years!

      • WW, Audi, BMW, Mercedes are German renowned cars . I remember the first WW In France some times after the War , then the first Japanese Honda ! 🙂

      • Doug Thomas says:

        Yes, you look at the streets here in the middle of nowhere Nebraska, and Japanese and German brands are well represented! Toyota and Honda are the biggest ones here.

      • I am not surprised , Doug.

  18. Isabel Capillas says:

    Those childhood pictures are precious along with the beautiful memories it had. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  19. attatudy says:

    You look the same in each picture. The transportation changed but the face did not 😀

  20. Quennehent says:

    Les véhicules ont bien changé ,c’est toujours les mêmes mais plus modernes. Tu avais de beaux cheveux! Amitiés😃🛴🏍

  21. cocosangel says:

    It is awesome the way you grow up with different mode of transportation.
    Your photos are fabulous.

  22. Rosemary B says:

    And God willing❤️ you can continue walking and never have to be pushed in a chair.
    I love and miss you Michel
    My life is so busy now. My father is 97
    I wish all of the very best happiness this year ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Thank you, Rosemary. I have good memories of you especially when you talked to your parents via video-Internet .. Let us keep in touch
      Thanks for your wishes . Happy new year for you. ❤

  23. John lenhard says:

    Impressive look across the history of one man’s life!

  24. wissh says:

    When I was little in Germany I had a little wooden scooter just like yours, but by then they had rubber on the wheels too. Luckily by the time I was 5 years old it was replaced by my first bicycle. I would have added a photo but didn’t know how to do that in your comment section.

  25. Ahhh, memories of our childhood. The simple things in life seem to be our strongest ones. Loved the photo of you and your little wooden scooter. I can remember by dinky little tricycle and rode it on our graveled driveway. Life was so simple back then. love Marilyn

  26. Stephanie says:

    Très bon voir l’histoire des anciens véhicules ‘Fauquet’. ( Je me souviens le Citroën des années ’70 avec 3 rangs de sièges pour le ‘tribu Fauquet’ et une suspension qui rehausse l’arrière du véhicule au démarche. Tout celà était complètement nouveau pour moi).
    Tu dois fuir dans les archives trouver tous ces vieilles photos.
    Amitiés Stéphanie

    • Je vois, Stéphanie, que tu as des souvenirs précis de ce véhicule de caractère !! 🙂 Beauoup d ‘enfants ne l’ aimaient pas trop à cause de la souplesse de la suspension qui leur donnait le “mal de mer” ! 🙂

  27. LGail says:

    Great pictures. It brought back memories of my and my tricycle, 2 bicycles, mo-ped, & JB motorbike. My Dad traded to a motorcycle that was too large for me so I had to quit. I was 16. I started driving my Dads 1948 Chevrolet pickup truck. 🙂 . Your photos were interesting.

  28. cheriewhite says:

    Awesome pictures and story! Thank you for sharing pieces of history with us! I definitely remember when my grandmother bought me my first bicycle with training wheels for my 5th birthday and I was so happy to have that bike!

  29. Frances Winslow said:
    I will message you my gmail address since I can’t seem to leave a comment on the blog itself. So very interesting. I love the outfits you had as a little boy and Janine was and still is so very pretty. Love , votre amie, Francoise.

  30. nannyfountain says:

    History in motion! Love and hugs ❤

  31. Resa says:

    This is a very lovely personal history. Wonderful photos. Thank you!

  32. Oh WOW…. what a wonderful collection of your photos Michel, I have hardly any of my old photos, and when you bought your small motorbike was the year I was born..
    Congratulations my friend on all of those years of enjoying those changes in vehicles…. From wooden Horse to Jeep… 🙂 Such a pleasure to get an insight into your lovely long and varied life Michel…
    Just so loved this my friend.. Thank you for sharing those slices out of your life.. 😀 ❤

  33. What a wonderful post. I love seeing how your vehicles (and you) changed. Love this. I am glad to know you had a motorcycle. 😉 Thank you for sharing this. It was such a great post and made my day. Hugs, ❤

  34. Sartenada says:

    Hello Michel.

    I love this post. Thank you. I have had many cars during my life. I got my first real car in 1972. It was Datsun 100A. It has 59 hp and its max speed was 140 km/h. The length of my work trip was one way 43 km, which means 86 km in a day. I worked for my company early 40 years. In addition to it, I drove every week, when possible, to visit my late father who lived in another town alone. The distance from my home was 310 km one way.

    Here is the photo of my first car – pedal car. I did love it very much. If I remember correct the photo is from 1948!

    My first car

    Thank you. Have a good day my friend. Matti

  35. marica0701 says:

    I love the photo of you and Janine on your motorbike! 🙂

  36. Barbara Lenhard says:

    Such wonderful pictures. You were such an adorable little boy who grew to a very handsome gentleman. It is always fun to to look back and realize the changes we have experienced over the years 💕💕Barbara

  37. Yvonne says:

    Wonderful post about how the vehicles have changed with the age. 🙂

    Thank you for the lovely card – we received it on Friday and it was a bright spot in the day.

    In friendship,

    Best wishes for good health to you and your famly

  38. littlemissbliss says:

    oh…is there a part 2 to this post?
    i’d love to see what vehicles came after 1960!

  39. Anne says:

    Toute une évolution au fil du temps …

    Suis allée voir sur la carte où se trouve Marquise et trouvé tout ceci quant à son histoire

    La France est vaste et multiple …

    néanmoins votre région est imprégnée de l’esprit viking … dont parle amplement Oleg de Normandie dans ses livres et vidéos

    Amitiés d’Helvétie, sans doute aussi influencée par ces gens du grand nord


  40. Thank you share you’re beautiful grew up the moment.

  41. Marion says:

    How lovely are these photos of your modes of transport over the years, Michel! I really love the photo of you and Janine on your motorbike. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful memories and photos with us. ❤

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