20 The Oldest Color Photos Showing What The World Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Black and white images are nostalgic, and when one thinks of old historical images they are always in black and white, because before 1907 anyone who wanted a colour picture would have to hire a colorist to do it for you using dyes and pigments.

Auguste and Louise Lumière are brothers who revolutionized colour photography with their process which they named the Autochrome Lumière. The new process used dyed grains of potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion which could produce colour in vintage photographs without the need for any additional colorization. It was an expensive practice but none the less very popular.

Have a look at this collection of stunning vintage images in color using the French brothers groundbreaking technique.

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Daydreams, 1909

Musing (Mrs. A. Van Besten), C. 1910

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

The Grenata Street Army, 1915

Among The First Coloured Pictures Ever Taken By Louis Lumière, 1907

Two Girls On A Balcony, 1908

Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912

Air Balloons, Paris, 1914

Charlie Chaplin, 1918

Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908

Christina In Red, 1913

Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914

Woman Smoking Opium, 1915

Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908

Christina In Red, 1913

Girl Holds A Doll Next To Soldiers’ Equipment In Reims, France, 1917

 

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