Donald Morgan in Paris, 1937

Donald Morgan, aged 14, and his father William Henry Morgan visited Paris, probably in the late Summer of 1937. As later related by Donald, they stayed in the Hotel des Etats Unis, near the Madeleine.

A set of postcards have survived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, which we can presume they visited, notably the British Pavillion.

Le Pavillon de la Grande-Bretagne, Exposition Internationale, Paris, 1937

Le Pavillon de la Grande-Bretagne, Exposition Internationale, Paris, 1937

There is also a photo of William Henry Morgan taken in a Cafe, labelled as ‘Pavillon Dauphine’

William Morgan, Paris, 1937

William Morgan, Paris, 1937

Apart from the postcards and their subject there is little other indication of the date. A photo of Morgan senior has been cut out of a passport and is clearly overstamped ‘Foreign Office Aug 1938’. Perhaps he also travelled abroad in 1938. It is quite possible he had London clients who had business in France. These are also years that he became somewhat estranged from his wife, Emma,  and by the outbreak of war the couple were living separately. This all may have given him the desire and reason to make these trips.

It is clear that Donald himself did travel abroad again in 1938 with a school trip to Bern in Switzerland. This was organised by Cranbrook College, Ilford.

Last updated on 15 September 2022 by JJ Morgan