10+ Of The Oldest Color Photos Showing What The World Looked Like 100 Years Ago

When you think of old photographs, you naturally think in terms of black and white, but as you can see from these stunning photographs from the turn of the 20th century, color photography has been around for a lot longer than you think.

Before 1907, if you wanted a color photograph then you (well, a professional colorist) basically had to color it in using different dyes and pigments, but two French brothers called Auguste and Louis Lumière changed all that with a game-changing process that they called the Autochrome Lumière. Using dyed grains of potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion, they were able to produce vibrant photographs without the need for additional colorization. Despite being difficult to manufacture and also somewhat expensive, the process was very popular among amateur photographers and one of the world’s first books of color photography was published using the Autochrome Lumière technique.

The brothers revolutionized the world of color photography until Kodak took things to a whole new level with the invention of Kodachrome film in 1935, a lighter and more convenient alternative that quickly made the Autochrome Lumière obsolete (although its popularity continued in France up until the 1950s). Kodachrome was also eventually overtaken by the rise of digital photography (Kodak stopped manufacturing Kodachrome in 2009), which is now by far the world’s most popular way to take pictures, but modern advances in photographic technology wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of early pioneers like Auguste and Louis Lumière. Scroll down for a collection of stunning century-old color photographs using their groundbreaking technique.

#1 Christina In Red, 1913

Christina In Red, 1913

#2 Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

#3 Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

#4 Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

#5 Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

#6 Daydreams, 1909

Daydreams, 1909

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

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

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

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

#9 The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

#10 The Grenata Street Army, 1915

The Grenata Street Army, 1915

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

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

#12 Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912

Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912

#13 Two Girls On A Balcony, 1908

#14 Air Balloons, Paris, 1914

Air Balloons, Paris, 1914

#15 Charlie Chaplin, 1918

Charlie Chaplin, 1918

#16 Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908

Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908

#17 Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914

Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914

#18 Christina In Red, 1913

Christina In Red, 1913

#19 Woman Smoking Opium, 1915

Woman Smoking Opium, 1915

#20 Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908

Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908

#21 Van Besten Painting In His Garden, 1912

#22 Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar, 1913

#23 Eva And Heinz On The Shore Of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, C. 1927

Eva And Heinz On The Shore Of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, C. 1927

#24 Woman And Girl By A Brook, 1910

Woman And Girl By A Brook, 1910

#25 The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham, 1910

The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham, 1910

 

 

 

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