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PBof.com / Phone Book of the World.com

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

1671-1738
Royal French
Postal Services
by Pajot & Rouile
with help of
Thurn & Taxis

1987 - 2001 Sony Phones
1993 - 2005 Cybercafe

since 1999
home of PBof.com
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°1

N°2
N°3 - N°4
N°5
N°6
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, working at the cafe
we run into the most fascinating tech pioneers.

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

They might not have knon it themselfs.

Some were already a little older,
one was the assistant of a certain Dr Jon Postel
who created the dot com system

one was on the first flight to the moon

and one had once know the inventor of the phone

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaute and Ben Solms, editor of the Phone Book of the World walking around the parc of Versailles, 2005


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, 316 later,
1987, to open a small Phone Boutique,
329 years later
2000 January 25 to register the
Phone Book of the World.com
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
1370
to 1671 the masion, also called Hotel de Villeroy
or Hotel de Villeroy & Bourbon
was the residence of the
Villeroy family,
former merchants at the les Halles food market
secretatries of State.
It became a "pied à terre" to some the Bourbons,
Kings of France,
in particular Henri IV and his grandson,
the young Louis XIV.

1671 the Villeroys sold the VB mansion,
They followed King Louis XIV
to live at St Germain en Laye
and a little later at the brand new
Palace of Versailles.




Telecom Hotspot since 1671

Pajot & Rouillé / Thurn & Taxis Post CoachLa Poste / Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris in 1715
Telecom Hotspot since january 1671
with the creation of "La Poste",
the "Royal French Postal Services"
operated by the Pajot & Rouillé family,
later becoming the French PTT,
today seperated into "La Poste" and "France Telecom".

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".

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 riva and competitor 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 Déchargeurs
Thurn & Taxis Palace in Brussels
Thurn & Taxis Palace in Frankfurt
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)


In the 1730s King Louis XV became more and more jealous
of the succes of "La Poste".
He had no control over the Thurn & Taxis
that lived in between different countries
but being a King of France with absolute powers
he did 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.

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.
Anselm Franz told his children,
they told their children
Albert told his grandchildren Anselm, Johannes and Mathilde.


Shomehow the destiny of our place
was to continue as a Telecom Hotspot.
Spirit of Telecommunications
must have remained in the walls,
fallen asleep for 248 years
it 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
an main heir
of the old postmasters ...

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



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.


Thank you for using
our
Phone Book of the World.



Cremerie de Paris
Today the Cremerie de Paris
part of the Postal VB Mansion,
and home of the Phone Book of the World
turned into an iconic
Pop Up Store location
used by the world's most famous brands
to show their latest inventions ...




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