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In 1898 was published a book entitled "The car of tomorrow" written by John Grand-Carteret, engravings were created by Gustave Garnier, called "Girrane"

Below engraving "Predictions for 1900"

Text from below the sketch:

" original sketch of Gustave Girrane

In 1900, inventor found "Minuscules" electrical and portable tiny car that everyone can have easy, because they will be within reach of every budget. there is no more pedestrians, such will be the result ! "


Girrane, of his real name Gustave Garnier, frequent very early workshops of painters and sculptors, draws, then turns to journalism. Double opportunity to write and draw to satiety, at a time when photography is not yet cited in the columns of newspapers. In 1890, at the age of 25, he created "Les Croquis lyonnais", ephemeral periodical paper, of which he was both the editor and the draftsman, and in the pages of which he studied especially the Vieux-Lyon, Honoring some of its most curious remains, all accompanied by well-documented texts. He also illustrated several works of art such as "L'Enseigne, its history, its philosophy and its peculiarities", by the scholar John Grand-Carteret, published in 1902,

In 1895, Girrane became the usual collaborator of "Progrès" and his supplement "Le Progrès illustré". He also collaborated on other titles such as "Le Tout Lyon" by Paul Duvivier. A bit marginalized in a press that opens in photography at the dawn of the XX th century, he is passionate about technology and imagine a "double stage" for theaters, horizontally sliding and for the preparation of the future in a decor Party, at the same time as the other serves as the setting for the show in progress.

This system was adopted by the city of Lyons decided to restore the machinery of its Grand Théâtre, the most opera-opera of the worst. The building was closed for a year, in order to allow the installation of a system modified somewhat by its inventor: a rotating stage, made up of two distinct but interdependent scenes, in the form of a circle cut by the middle.

Scenes which, by rotations, come successively to place themselves before the public, associate a circular plate and hangers that are integral to it by means of a central axis, mu electrically.

The room was reopened on November 15, 1922, with the famous "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, but Gustave Girrane is absent: he died in the spring, a few days after his wife's death, a companion of good and bad days, Tenderly loved.

Gustave Girrane, all the passion of a gone for his city

19 May 1865. Birth in Lyon (Rhone).

1895. Entry to "Progress".

10 April 1922. Death in Lyon.