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in Paris who could speak French. Very un-American in those days, to
admit that maybe a foreign language could be useful to you. And I
was sent over to help the Paris Bureau--mainly to help Carl Mydans,
who was the LIFE photographer there. And I think I arrived--oh, it
was an incredible adventure. Because in the first place, I went off
in the clipper ship, you know--
Old flying boats? Four-engine flying boats?
Stopped how many times?
Very glamorous; I think there were sixteen or twenty
passengers, something like that. All of them, of course, of
considerable importance. And it stopped in Bermuda, and then it
stopped in the Azores, and then it got to Lisbon. And then in Lisbon
I met Shelley Mydans, who was a researcher there. Then I made my way
by train to Paris, arriving late in the night. And of course Paris
was blacked out in those days. Del Paine was the Bureau Chief there.
Del Paine was later managing editor and publisher of Fortune--was the
Bureau Chief. He was living there with his wife. And I tried to
help Carl as best as I could. What I did mainly was make use of some
friendships that I had with the local publishers, and I got to spend
most of my time purloining pictures from them or buying them.
Because they had lots of photographers out, and they had much more
ability to get around then Carl did: a. They're French b. They had
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