Phone Book of the

was invented at the
Cremerie de Paris N°1
Telecom Hotspot
since 1671

Royal French
Postal Services
by Pajot & Rouile
with help of
Thurn & Taxis

1987 - 2001 Sony Phones
1993 - 2005 Cybercafe

since 1999
home of
Phone Book of the World

Cremerie N°1 goes back to the Villeroys & Bourbons

1370 - 1671
Royal Residence

1860 - 1970
milk stores at the
Les Halles food market

N°3 - N°4
N°7 - N°8

a little bit of history

Louis Leon Pajot operated his family's postal company from the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris in Paris, rue des Déchargeurs
With it's roots going back to 1671
Phone Book of the World might be
one of the oldest Telecom Company.

Cybercafe de Paris around 1995
The telephone directory was invented
right at the switch from 1999 to 2000 ...
This happened at the Cybercafe de Paris,
located at Cremerie de Paris N°1 / Hôtel de Villeroy
once the very first Internet Cafe in France.

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, photo by Neil Armstrong july 1969
At the time already connected Americans
travelling to Paris
were desperate to a find a web connection.
Hotels were not yet online
and they were happy to send people
asking for such strange things as email
to our Cybercafe de Paris.

Without realizing it
we run into the most fascinating pioneer people.

Most of them were young, very young
nobody knew who they were
or who they were going to become.

They might not have known it themselfs.

Some were already a little older,
one was the assistant of a certain Dr Jon Postel
who created the dot com system.
He showed us how to register domain names ...

One was on the first flight to the moon
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaute and Ben Solms, editor of the Phone Book of the World walking around the parc of Versailles, 2005

And one, much alder again, came for web lessons.
In her youth she had met the inventor of the phone
Alexander Graham Bell.

But all what happened between 1671
and the moment
we created the website
is a long long story ...
one event directly
resulting in another

making it possible, 315 later,
1986, to get a small Phone Boutique,

329 years later
2000 January 25 to register the
Phone Book of the
domain name

and again today
to host Pop Up Stores
for the World's most iconic brands.

Royal Residence since 1370 / 1646
For 3 centuries our house was already a Royal Hotspot in the Kingdom of France ...
Nicolas V de Villeroy, educator of young King Louis XIV, owner of the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de ParisLouis XIV, 3rd Bourbon King of France
to 1671 the building was the residence of the
Villeroy family,
former merchants at the Paris les Halles food market
secretatries of State.
It became a "pied à terre" to some of the Bourbons,
Kings of France,
in particular Henri IV and his grandson,
the young Louis XIV.

1660s the Villeroy family followed Louis XIV
to Saint Germain en Laye (west of Paris)
from where was prepared the construction
of the
Palace of Versailles.

1671 the Villeroys sold our house,
also called VB

Two entrepreneurs from
the small French town of Tours bought it:
Leon Pajot and Louis Rouillé.
Their families were in the business of carrying letters.

Telecom Hotspot since 1671

Pajot & Rouillé / Thurn & Taxis Post CoachLa Poste / Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris in 1715
Telecom Hotspot since january 1671

It is an ancestor of the later French "PTT",
today seperated into "La Poste" and "France Telecom Orange".

The company started with Leon Pajot and his friend
Louis Rouillé (1630 - 1694)
Louis Rouillé's father
Pierre Rouillé (1593 - 1657) was already
un local "maitre des postes"

"La Poste" operated by the business partners Pajot & Rouillé
becomes the "Royal French Postal Services"
for the King Louis XIV,
that indeed already knew the house very well.

1675, february 2 the son of Louis Pajot,
Leon II Pajot (1647 - 1708)
married the daugther of Leon Rouillé,
Marie Anne Rouillé.(1659 - 1694)

Their oldest son Louis Leon Pajot
was extremly bright and interested in science.
Educated by the jesuits he spend his childhood with books
and scientists.
Among his friends were numerous Dutch scientists
like Herman Boerhaave.

Louis Leon Pajot operated his family's postal company from the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris in Paris, rue des DéchargeursAnselm Franz von Thurn & Taxis opertad his family's postal operations from the Thurn & Taxis palaces in Brussels and Francfort
Louis Leon Pajot (1678 - 1754)
continued to develop the business.

1708 he became Intendant Général
des Postes et Relais de France, General Postmaster.

He needed the help of Anselm Franz von Thurn & Taxis
another Telecom entrepreneur from Brussels / Francfort
and also his rival and competitor.

Both families were using horses
and post relais to carry mail through Europe.

Post Roads in France around 1730, with headquaters of the Pajot & Rouillé and the Thurn & Taxis post
The Pajot & Rouillé family owned 900 post relais,
the most southern ones were located in Venice and Rome.
The Thurn & Taxis many more all over central Europe,
mainly in the different states of Germany,
the Spanish Netherlands, Bohemia, Austria and Italy.

Louis Leon Pajot operated his family's postal company from the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris in Paris, rue des DéchargeursLouis Leon Pajot operated his family's postal company from the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris in Paris, rue des Déchargeurs

Thurn & Taxis Palace in Brussels
Thurn & Taxis Palace in Frankfurt
Anselm Franz von Thurn & Taxis opertad his family's postal operations from the Thurn & Taxis palaces in Brussels and Francfort
The "heart"
of these early Telecom companies
were the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris in Paris
(almost unchanged)
the Thurn & Taxis Palace in Brussels (destroyed)
and the Thurn & Taxis Palace in Francfort
(destroyed, reconstructed in a different way)

The French King Louis XV became jealous
of the succes of "La Poste".
Being a King of France with absolute powers
he had control over the Pajot et Rouillé family.

1738 mai 21 in the early morning
his minister of finance, the cardinal Fleury,
made an end to the postal empire.
Police officers stopped the postal operations
which the king from now on
gave to the Grimod et Thiroux brothers.

Louis Leon Pajot continued his life as an inventor
of scientific instruments.

Louis XV had no control over the Thurn & Taxis
that lived in between different countries.
They were able to continue their telecom company ...

1789 With the French Revolution trace of the
Pajot & Rouillé family ceased.
Over the time nobody in France remembered
their avant garde telecom company
exept the Thurn & Taxis family.
They were shocked how
a four generation old postal company
could just disappear overnight ...

Anselm Franz, 2nd Prince of Thurn & TaxisJohannes von Thurn & Taxis
From one generation to another
the history of our building was transmitted.
Albert told his grandchildren Anselm, Johannes and Mathilde.

Shomehow the destiny of our place
was to continue as a Telecom Hotspot.
The Spirit of Telecommunications
that must remained in the walls,
only needed to be reactivated ...

Johannes von Thurn & Taxisgreat, great, grandson Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn & Taxis with the future editor of the Phone Book of the World
This happened in January 1986, Paris Fashion Week

The editor of this article
at the time a young student
was making some extra money working in fashion shows.
This is how he happened to run into
the great great great great great great grandson
and main heir
of the old postmaster
Anselm Franz von Thurn und Taxis...

The meeting was followed by an invitation
to the Ritz Hotel ...

Johannes Thurn & Taxis had a lot of crazy & funny stories
and he liked to be around young people.

He had met wild people like Soraya of Iran or Marilyn Monroe
but the most captivating stories
were the ones in reation
to his ancestor's adventures
operating Postal services ...

from the postal services to the Phone Book of the World

Telecom links
remained in our walls
and in the memory
of the Thurn & Taxis
Postmasters ...
continue the story

Post Officers from the old Pajot & Rouilé Post, painting 1699The editor and webdesigners of the Phone Book of the World, 2017
Two pictures of our courtyard
the first from 1699, the second from 2017.
318 years seperate the two images
but the spirit of Telecommunications is still around.

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part of the Postal VB Mansion,
and home of the Phone Book of the World
turned into an iconic
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used by the world's most famous brands
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