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In the district of Albinque Castres in the Tarn, the Morris column and the steeple of the Church of St. Louis .

Morris column is part of the original Parisian street furniture, but present in many French cities.

Morris Columns were created in 1868 by the printer Gabriel Morris, who gave them his name, but the invention returns to Berlin Ernst Litfass who had introduced in Berlin in 1854 .

In Paris in the early 19th century , theaters are increasing at a rapid pace . At this time, the public display is not regulated and displaying any kind of advertising takes place on urinals have a billboard on the outside but also on the walls and trees. It smells bad, and so you have this problem of hygiene. The " columns urinals " are thus replaced by the Morris columns to display and the urinals in the toilets .

These cylindrical columns were intended first theatrical display and film , but also used warehouse equipment cleaning the streets of the capital. Green cast their roof was composed of a hexagonal canopy , decorated the corners of six lions' heads , all topped with a curved dome, decorated with scales and an ornate acanthus leaves arrow.

Today, Morris columns have become iconic objects in the image of Paris , as well as Wallace fountains and metro entrances Hector Guimard .

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