Excerpt: 'Let's Bring Back,' by Lesley Blume

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These traditional Parisian bistros were named for their now-rare zinc-topped bars, which looked terribly modern during the height of their popularity in the early twentieth century. "Zincs" have become an evocative symbol of the 1920s expatriate life (look for their mention in Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises); the Musée Montmartre in Paris has thoughtfully preserved one as an homage to its role in the lives of the Lost Generation.

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