Extremely Rare Color Photography of Early 1900s Paris

1900s Paris in Color Although some of these images might look like a modern day photography and some of them like painted pictures, actually it is real colored photographies, taken at the beginning of the 20th century Paris (France). It is extremely astonishing to look at the world now long gone, the world which you are used to see in black & white images and often with poor quality.

All the images shown below were taken using Autochrome Lumière technology. It's an early color photography process, patented in 1903 and invented by the famous French Auguste and Louis Lumière, populary known as Lumière Brothers. They were the earliest filmmakers in history.

So, here it is! The city of love: the streets, the architecture, the people, interiors and grand events – all of them in their true colors.

 


 

All credits go to Albert Kahn museum.

Source: www.paris1914.com (more photographs).

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204 Responses to “Extremely Rare Color Photography of Early 1900s Paris”

    • CHARIGNON says:

      Sur la photo ZIGOMAR, un homme en uniforme de soldat de la guerre 1914-1918 est présent.

      En 1939, l'uniforme était de couleur kaki, le bleu étant trop visible par l'ennemi

    • Edward says:

      Pas avant que plus de 400,000 soldats soient tues a cause de cet uniforme. Cibles facile en Aout 2014. 

      • Michel Maillot says:

        I do agree with Joan. The photo with Zigomar is about a movie shot in 1912 "Zigomar contre Nick Carter" so it's probably after these years as it seems to be shown before. "La Reine s'ennuie" was made for episode 1 in 1918 so we should be around 1918-1919. as some of the other pictures show flags and celebration we should be after WWI and after november, 11 1918 probably in the beginning of 1919.

  1. cmmumu says:

    In the image that's 6th from the bottom, there are large posters of the comic book hero Zigomar. So that photograph is probably dated after 1939. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zigomar_%28comics%29)

  2. Gregoire says:

    3rd from the bottom : Eiffel tower illuminated with the name Citroën : 1925

  3. Wow, it's amazing what difference colour makes to the feel of the photograph. I feel like I'm looking at movie sets instead of "real" life!

    • Tommy Southrot says:

      That's funny Christine—my reaction is also wow, but it makes me feel more like I can really believe it as a more REAL place, not just some dusty black and white photograph which lacks the vitality of images we hold in our minds of current days.  The color pictures let you feel and really step back into that place and time, not a movie set (at least not for me), but as rich and alive then, as we are now today.

  4. manu says:

     it's a shame that legends are missing. 

  5. Amy K. says:

    source?! 

    • Bricouille says:

      Except that it is not on the "Champs Elysées", as qui can see the "colonne Vendome" behind…
      It is either in Reu de Castiglione, or Rue de la Paix…

      • Olivier says:

        Sure, the picture is not taken on the Champs, but the truck seems to have the 70 avenue des Champs Elysées address on it. Meaning the picture would have been taken after the Champs store was open.

    • Marie says:

      This picture, with the "Vuitton" truck, was taken in the Rue de la Paix: the green columns are now the Cartier store's (13 rue de la Paix).

      ;)

  6. Jen says:

    Awesome!

    The image with the Louis Vuitton car in it… 1912 or later. According to Wikipedia (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Vuitton), the store first opened on the Champs Elysees in 1912.

  7. Jen says:

    More details about these photos: http://www.paris1914.com/

  8. Julien says:

    Formidables photographies !

  9. Julien says:

    De très belles photographies d'un Paris rare en couleurs. 

  10. Ardennais says:

    Outre le caractère rare de ces photos, c'est la vie qui en ressort par la couleur qui est intéressant !

  11. thrushjz says:

    Astonishing, thanks for publishing.

  12. Racu says:

    Some of these are the work of Leon Gimpel. The one of the airplane fuselage is 1917.  A couple I know are late 20s at least because of the clothes and/or cars in them.  Fab.

  13. Eric Allart says:

    Paris by night, 5th or 6th : Exposition universelle de 1937. Pavillon nazi (à gauche) faisant face au pavillon soviétique au Trocadéro. On est loin de 1900 …

  14. Prague says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I wish I was there. Reminds me of "Midnight in Paris";)

  15. mymette says:

    magnifique… Paris plus beau  que jamais… j'adore !

     

  16. chris21 says:

    Certaines de ces photos, au demeurant très belles, ont forcément été prises vers 1920 ou après.

    En effet, les robes des femmes ont raccourci au-dessus de la cheville pendant voire après la guerre pour permettre le travail féminin, les hommes étant partis au combat… ou morts.

    Quant aux uniformes, la couleur des pantalons (rouge garance au début de la guerre) a été remplacée par le bleu horizon afin que les soldats se fondent un peu plus dans le "décor" et se fassent moins tirer "comme des lapins".

  17. Nigel says:

    The one with the 'anciens combattants' at the Pont au Double must date from the 1920s – you can see the flag of the British Legion, which was founded in 1921 – and will have been taken at the British commemoration service held on 11th November each year. The scene could almost be modern-day – I commanded the colour party for exactly the same ceremony a number of times myself during the 1980s. Hardly anything has changed!

  18. Hello,

    I can help for the legends if you are interested. There are some places of Paris I know very well.

    Feel free to contact me. emmanuel dot delahaye at gmail dot com

    regards

    Emmanuel

     

  19. Gifwar says:

    Superbe :)

     

    je retweet!

  20. julien says:

    Superbes photos, merci de les partager :)

  21. David says:

    Beyond amazing. Thanks for sharing this.
    for the anecdote, I lived in that street a few years ago: http://i.imgur.com/Lj5guCF.jpg

  22. Hugo says:

    M'dames et messieurs : "early 1900s" ça ne veut pas dire 1900. 1917 ou 1937 ça marche aussi, même s'il est vrai que l'auteur du post aurait pu être plus précis, et auraît dû citer ses sources. D'ailleurs merci à Jen pour le lien posté plus haut avec les photos datées et créditées.

    Dear Curious Eggs, thanks for this post but you shouldn't you have credited your source ?

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  24. Hugo says:

    Also I strongly recommend "Études sur Paris", a 1928 film by André Sauvage. Although in black and white, it also shows how calm, beautiful and visual-pollution-free Paris was back then.

  25. Lineh says:

    Not quite sure why people are pointing out that some pictures are from the 1920s or after in a negative manner. 

    Pretty sure the title says "early 1900s"  as in, anything probably before 1940. Not as in 1900-1909, since the article also says "beginning of the 20th century". Not sure what the date freaks are all about.

  26. Rod Leg says:

    "Juste  magnifique"

  27. Nostalgie says:

    Le bon vieux temps. *soupire*

  28. Should deserve an exibit, Just superb, Thanks….

  29. Richard says:

    Some of the images look to be published around the time of the First World War. Yes, the image of the Tower is emblazoned with a Citroen promotion – I see that now…

  30. Jacques says:

    The blue trousser of soldiers begin in 1915-1916.

    Before trousser color is red ! . . .

  31. Linda says:

    Very nice, thanks! It's funny to see how places were, especially when you know them well.

  32. darckfire says:

    This is not Paris. This is the mock Paris in Las Vegas or maybe a Hollywood set with, obviously, a lot of photoshopping. That's obvious to me. 

  33. siclet martine says:

    splendide, ça me rappelle quand j'etais petite, il y avait encore les bus qui sont sur les photos, magnifiques toutes ces photos, je les garde précieusement. En effet rares en couleurs à cette époque…. bravo pour cette collection.

  34. hartur says:

    awesome, as a parisian i can reconize a lot of those places :) it's nice

  35. Lou Partridge says:

    these are wonderful … ce sont merveilleux …

  36. Old colour pohotographs always change my the perception of the past.

  37. Nikon Freak says:

    Amazone pictures Reals bringing the past alive!

  38. Johan Herrenberg says:

    Moving and amazing.

  39. paul rochman says:

    Ah ! Quelles belles années j'ai vécues, enfant , dans ce 1° tiers de siècle !  Que donnerais-je pour revenir à cette époque où avec 2 sous ou 5 sous, on achetait quelquechose ! Qui se souvient des "cinq sous de Lavarède, où Fernandel faisait le tour du monde avec 5 sous en poche  ?? Et il est revenu avec  !En plus de 80 jours ça va de soi !!  Quelle Belle France nous avons, et surtout…que nous "avions" alors  !!  On allait jouer sur les "fortifs" !! Allez donc jouer sur le "périf "  ??? 

  40. Gina says:

    J'adore paris….. toujours :)

  41. Quite astonishing – have just been identifying some of the shots and comparing them to those I took last weekend – still easy to recognise locations

  42. dragana says:

    I love it all including people guessing when it was taken!!

  43. Lolly Lee says:

    WOW!!! I am so impressed.

  44. jeanmichemuche says:

    The picture where the Vuitton truck is, it's taken rather from rue St Antoine rather rue du fbd St Antoine…

    The column in the background is the genius of the Bastille

  45. MOC says:

    Toujours chouette de revoir ce genre de clichés.
    Mais par pitié arrêtez d'être naifs, peuple du web: ces photos ont été colorisées.
    Thank you photoshop my friend!

  46. Pat.D says:

    J'ai bien reconnu l'ouverture sur la place des Vosges. Ce qui est frappant reste que ce Paris début de siècle ressemble à notre Paris actuel. On regrettera la disparitin de véritables berges.

    L"ancien combattant de 1870 semble sorti des poudrières de Solférino /

    Les marchandes de 4 saisons ! Que ne nous a-t-on enlevé nos halles bien trop tôt !

    Bravo à l'auteur de cet envoi qui serait inspiré de légender. Cela dit, nous pouvons le faire. Si quelqu'un veut bien que je lui donne un coup de main historio-iconographique….?

  47. Pat.D says:

    Strasbourg st Denis l'enseigne Chartier visible devenu Chez Julien touours Chartier et aujourd hui Chez julien acheté par Flo…

  48. Addison Hart says:

    These are wonderful, but the one of the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower was taken in 1937 at the Exposition Internationale. It's flanked by the wings of Albert Speer's German Pavilion. 

  49. leonarda says:

    those balloons those ballons

  50. Buzz Burza says:

    Thank you so very much….

  51. Miklos says:

    If the subtitles of the photos had been copied along from the source together with the photos, 99% of the above comments would not have been necessary.

  52. Jen Bradley says:

    Extra!  J'aime ces phots…ils-me frappent!  Ces phots me faire souhaiter j'ai vécu en arrière dans les années 1900.
    La vie semble tellement simler ensuite, no?  :-)

     

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  57. deets says:

    what is the provenance on these? They are amazing but i would love to know more – who took them? any more infor please? 

  58. mark says:

    Simply superb, many thanks for sharing these great images

  59. younes says:

    An hint : the soldiers uniform ("bleu azur") is from 1914-1915. 

  60. I'm an artist who paints historical city scenes.  It is most likely, jucging from the vehicles in the photos and the dress of the people,  that the photos were taken not long after the start of World War I.  Most likely in early to mid Septeember of 1914.

  61. Arnaud says:

    Paris comme mes grand-parents l'on connu pendant leurs jeunesse….c'est magnifique de pouvoir voir ça de nos jours.

  62. FD says:

    All this photographs come from from the french website http://www.paris1914.com

    It's a shame they do not credit them.

  63. Robert says:

    Seems to be pictures from the Albert Kahn Museum in Boulogne.

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  65. Hélène says:

    A tout hasard, si quelqu'un sait où a été prise la photo du menuisier-ébéniste, avec son voisin le tonnelier , je suis (très) preneuse ; merci ! La personne qui a posté les photos n'a peut-être pas les éléments et connaissances pour faire des légendes, mais c'est vrai que c'est dommage. Ce qui est vrai aussi, c'est que la couleur change tout, c'est incroyable !

    • Yves says:

      Il existe un 

      Jean BREGEGERE, menuisier, né en 1872, fils de +Jean & Anna DIEUDDE, x à Paris (6e) le 26.9.1896 (n°709)

      IL s'agit donc probablement du 6 eme arrondissement .

  66. Linas says:

    I love Paris and these photographs are superb!

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  68. bernard says:

    Hello,

    most of these photographs are issued from the collection of the Museum Albert-Kahn (France).

    You can see it on the website : http://www.albert-kahn.fr

  69. Mike says:

    © Musée Albert-Kahn – Département des Hauts-de-Seine !

  70. loim says:

    un grand merci les frères Lumière!

  71. Jack says:

    I just put this place on my bucket list.

  72. Jack says:

    I just put this place (from "Our Hearts" on my bucket list.

     

  73. Absolutely extraordinary! Thank you for sharing.

  74. Roger says:

    Hey Robert, you say right : it comes from the Albert-Kahn museum in Boulogne, these are autochromes from the 1920's 1930's !

  75. DM says:

    The 12th photograph from the top seems to have been taken in 1910, since we can see Paris is flooded and the great flood actually happened in 1910.

  76. andyinsdca says:

    These are from http://www.paris1914.com with attribution and dates & locations

  77. Ca  c'est un beau cadeau les cafards..
    Merci ! La vie dans ce temps ne semblait pas dépourvue de plaisirs …

  78. OUpss.. J'ai oublié de demander.. De  tous ces drapeaux il me semble voir le drapeau Belge en tête de tous?

  79. Ade says:

    Colourized and retouched. Nice photos though.

  80. Davis_PY says:

    ME ENCANTÓ, GENIAL!! MUY LINDAS FOTOS Y PINTURAS! , SE VEN MUY REALES.

  81. Charles says:

    It would be nice if these were actually large enough to view details of. Showing tiny little highly-compressed jpegs is really annoying. Put some big 3000×2000 files up! These are too interesting to just show a shot that's barely bigger than a thumbnail. For shame!

     

    Charles.

  82. Davis_PY says:

    GRACIAS MUY LINDAS FOTOS!!!!!!!   SE VEN MUY REALES!!! 

  83. Doug says:

    lol – people saying retouched or photoshoped or colorized, without checking wikipedia about the Autochrome technology mentioned in the article…

  84. James says:

    They are autochrome photos.  Certainly not colorized black and white.  Read the introductory paragraph.

  85. Pierre says:

    Don't forget to talk about Charles Cros… Brother Lumiere just took his invention about the color photography…

  86. John Wayne says:

    WOW! thank you so much for sharing this! How wonderful!

  87. Amanda says:

    Does anyone know anything about the second from last photo – with all the lights on the buildings ?

     

  88. 575757 says:

    Russia in color about the same time, by Prokudin-Gorsky

     

  89. Michael Young says:

    Interesting:

    - use of English words "Music Hall" outside the Folies Bergere.

    - fuselage of single engined aircraft on back of truck looks 'modern' in comparison with Louis Bleriot's airplane that first flew the English Channel in 1909.- beautiful colourings, fascinating photographs

    - beautiful colouring, fascinating photographs

  90. Dude says:

     

    Neither colorized or retouched, Autochrome really has that kind of saturated hues!! But it seems to me it would rather be between 1910 and 1940, the 8th photograph shows the Universal Exhibition of 1937 from the Palais de Chaillot (you can see the German an Sovietic buildings on either side of the Eiffel Tower), the Belgian, Italian and English flags that you can see probably date from the first world war and one of the last picture showing the Eiffel Tower in all its glory dates from 1929 without any doubt (the design of the lights decorating it is unique and can be seen on one of Brassai's photographs from that year, it was the 40th anniversary of the tower).

     

  91. wow, that just made me rethink the past. great collection!

    cheers!

  92. aletta says:

    really beautiful!

  93. JGA says:

    Merci pour cette bonne idée de re-publier ces photos et encore merci aux frères Lumière.

    Paris fait toujours rêvé !

    Thank you for this good idea to re-publish these pictures and thank you to the Lumière brothers.

    Paris always dream!

  94. Bob Johnson says:

    I just finished David McCullough's Greater Journey about American artists living in Paris in the 19th and early 20th century.  If you love Paris you will love this book.  The photos help bring alive McCullough's telling of this part of the history of this glorious city.

     

  95. A H Awad says:

    Simply magnificent. Photographic achievement no doubt with day and night photography. As I have known Paris "few" years after that, I hope by parallel extrapolation our Cairo will be like the present Paris in xxx years.

    Thanks and lots of love from

    Dad

    • Ken Spencer says:

      The original images are created using colored grains of starch, and so I believe that is what you are seeing as "artifacts" and why there is no value in doing really high resolution scans.  The images were meant to be viewed in the same size as the photographic plate – the photographs were not enlarged – that would only magnify the grain in the images.

  96. Angeline says:

    Can you explain the presence of the digital artifacts in the photos? I am not disputing their authenticity, but if they are so precious, why weren't you able to digitize at a higher quality??

    • Ken Spencer says:

      My apologies – I replied to the wrong poster, initially.  This reply is about the "digital artifacts."  The original images are created using colored grains of starch, and so I believe that is what you are seeing as "artifacts" and why there is no value in doing really high resolution scans.  The images were meant to be viewed in the same size as the photographic plate – the photographs were not enlarged – because that would only magnify the grain in the images.

  97. Rich says:

    Tres belle

  98. Deacon Dave says:

    Wow! You mean the world wasn't really only black and white in those days?

  99. cafeineman says:

    Mais qu'est-il arrivé à cette ville? où sont passées les couleurs aujourd'hui? ça interroge…

  100. Rob says:

    These are amazing. I am so used to to seeing images of that era in black & white that these photos don't feel real…but they ARE real.

  101. Helena Lorentzen says:

    Love to see these old photos from Paris, the town in my heart

     

     

  102. hmslion says:

    Looks like these were taken during the first world war, probably during or after 1915.  French soldiers didn't start wearing the sky blue uniforms until after the first year of conflict.   Would love to now who the funeral was for in front of the Pantheon. 

  103. mandel says:

    FABULOUS !!!!!!

  104. betty p says:

    Paris beautiful and not so beautiful. Notre Dame,houseboasts on Seine, flower lady with hands on hips could, due to composition be considered fine paintings on their own merit.Seems as though Paris has not changed much which is good–irreplaceable.

  105. Albert Lipten says:

    Fascinating, the colors are so extraordinary, it'a pleasure to see. Most of the landmarks are still here today as well as the streets, especially in the Marais area., it certainly bring nostalgia having spent a good part of my youth there.

     

     

  106. Robin says:

    The Lumière brothers also invented the cinema… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_and_Louis_Lumière

  107. floydsmith says:

    how about thank you america for handing us back our extrordinary city,  thank you for the fact that we dont have to speak german every single day-thanks to the american soldier we remain free…where and when will our thanks come from-where and when will our lives lost at bastone and other places beciome relevent in the conversation?

    y Ive lost my mind- let me know when my time is up.

     

    • Nico says:

      Hi there Floyd,

      While I'm very grateful to the US men & women form the military who freed france and most of western Europe… I believe every time we buy a Big Mac we're saying "thank you". Every time we go see an american movie, we say "thank you", etc… The US didn't come to Europe ONLY to free the people but also to make sure they had a market for their products. And it worked. Come to Paris these days and you'll see the US are everywhere to be seen.

      Again : thank you.

    • MJ says:

      Are you saying that there were a few conniving sinister individuals that exercised some unspoken influence over the millions of Americans, who left their homeland only to return home wounded or dead, in order that their ancesters might peddle some burgers in Paris 60 years later?  I think you do not realize how isolated continents were back then and you need to realize what an awesome phenomenon of sacrifice and concern for fellow man occured for the people of France.  Shame on you!

  108. ole Blake says:

    The last time I visited Paris, I remenber some of the area that these pictures were taken. I have never forgotten the beautiful architecture I saw there. Thanks  for the memories

    Regards

    ole Blake

  109. Violet Fox says:

    It's marvelous. looks like paint drawings. makes me wallow in nostalgia.

  110. Will says:

    Your share menu ruins this site on iOS. Fix it please. 

  111. GringPeruano says:

    I just love the houseboats on the Seine! 

  112. Pat says:

    C'est magnifique!

  113. Fred says:

    Very nice pictures ! A real atmosphere we can feel through those pics, thanks!

     

    @floydsmith : how about you thank France for helping you to get your independence…? Remember ? So appreciate the photographs as they are, as it seems to be the very purpose of this post…

  114. C'est impressionnant de voir ces photos en couleurs après en avoir vu tant en noir et blanc!

    Elles donnent une deuxième perspectives d'architecture et de choix de couleurs

  115. Dawn McMillan says:

    The photo of the woman with the Chow Chow buying flowers from a street vendor may very well be my Great-aunt Salome (Lomie), Mrs. Evander Berry Wall. She was an ex-pat, leader of American Society in Paris, officer of the Legion of Honor, lived there from 1912 until her death in 1936. Her obit in the NY Times says "her famous chow dog, Chi Chi was one of the best known dogs in Paris and its fame increased when Mrs. Wall wrote its autobiography. When Chi Chi romped in the Tuileries it was frequently caressed by an old gray-haired man named Georges Clemenceau. General Pershing sometimes crossed the street to play with it. And when Rudyard Kipling read Chi-Chi's autobiography he remarked: "My, what an observing dog he was!" A photo I have of her looks similar to the photo here. She devoted much of her time to the Phare de France, an institution for blind war (WWI) veterans.

  116. a quibble:
    the one with the fireworks is from almost 1940! that's not 'early 1900s'. you're seeing the world's fair or world's exposition or some such in which the soviets made that graceful sweeping statue (tall structure on right side) and the nazi german govt opposite them replied with a big albert speer block-thing (tall structure, left sige).

    but still! what a treat this article is. many thanks for gathering this up for us –a service.

    cheers.
     

  117. M.Teresa Bento says:

    Quand je me suis apperçue de l'entrée de Place des Voges,je pensai que j'aller avoir le plaisir de revoir une des plus belles places de Paris… 

     

     

  118. Hangar 217 says:

    Un seul mot! Wow… Si seulement il y avait eu plus de photos des Halles!

  119. Rance says:

    Did you notice, that two of the pictures include The Statue of Liberty? They are two shots of the Eiffel Tower taken with the Seine in the forground. It's on an island in the middle of the river.

  120. Jyrki Suhonen says:

    Fake… All of it… 

  121. Helen Walraf says:

    Thank you very much for these pictures. And I want to say thank you to Joe, my American friend who sent me this. I'm French, leaving in Belgium now. Parents were born in 1914, and I recognize pictures of some areas in Paris, even if they were in black and white and now in color.  Boats on Seine borders, Notre-Dame, le Pantheon, …I just wish, like some of you, subtitles would have been ok…just name of the area. But again, thank you for your work.

     

  122. Marie laurence Tremaud says:

    Fantastic!

    What a difference with Paeris nowadays, but a 100 years later….

  123. Carol says:

    Amazing ! and the light is still the same !!

  124. Alphonse-Louis says:

    Merci pour les belles photos. 

  125. They are great, but some at least are not that early, the 1937 exhibition is there.

  126. Grace Cha says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these precious photos. I have always tried to visualize Paris in the times of Monet & Picasso, especially Montmartre where the bohemians & artists gathered.

  127. wylodean lee says:

    Byrum:   This is beautiful.   I was in Paris last May.   An adventure I will never forget.

     

  128. Malcolm MacLeod, MD says:

    Gee, and I thought that it was so great in 1955. It's the real eternal city.

  129. Black and white imagery creates a huge disconnect! When watching B&W imagery, the world looks as if being a parallel reality, one that could never touch our own lives. Thus, history can be easily dismissed as something irrelevant to our current existence, something that could never happen today. 

    Thankfully, color imagery doesn't allow the same luxury. The time in color imagery is always "now", the world is always "real".  Hopefully, because of this, future generations won't dismiss so easily all the horrible sights that we capture for them today, won't regard them as things that could never happen to them. They must take heed and learn from our current ignorance, if our current ignorance doesn't rob them of that chance first.

  130. Nomi Ascombe says:

    But what is the source for these images? What are each of them?

  131. Michael Shurtleff says:

    For those looking for captions, these photos are displayed with captions on http://www.paris1914.com/

  132. T. Griffin says:

    Malgre le deluge des opinions exprimes ici, j'adore ces photos de "Paname,"y bien compris,

    tous ses habitants de cette epoque!

  133. vivace says:

    Incredible!!! Magnifique!

  134. Ted Sadler says:

    Autochrome was not the only early colour process: the Swiss Photochrom process (Google it) has also left a marvellous legacy of coloured 19th century pictures from around the world. The pictures do not have the same colour vibrancy as Autochrome but the scenes are captivating.

  135. ioe giordano says:

    The primary colors in the foreground and middlrground pop a bit, it seems that the the colors in the background and particularly in the far distance are perfectly natural. I find the color pleasing, joyful, somewhat like technicolor but overall truer.  So nice to see these photographs!

  136. gouri kumra says:

    awesome,mind blowing

  137. Pamela says:

    Just lovely. A wonderful time machine. I miss Paris. ~ xo from Texas, much too far away…

  138. PPiper says:

    Wonderful photographs! But that share widget is really intrusive. 

  139. Dave of Maryland says:

    The first color photographs date to the 1860's and have been reproduced from time to time ever since then.  I first saw early French color work back in the 1970's, well before Photoshops.

     

    The earliest technique was to put a prism behind the lens and split the image into three separate images, each of which had a particular filter.  Three black and white negatives were then printed using appropriate dyes, the results were photographs with true, stunning and intense color.  Hollywood's Technicolor started in the 1920's with a very similar technique, first using two strips (red and green), then three.

     

    Looking at the Wiki entry, the Lumiere Autochrome process, patented in 1903, was a one-shot deal (no prisms, only one image) that relied upon dyed potato starch, standard silver halide film, and overall filtration to work out the bugs.  Wiki says the resulting images were often small and dark, which means these are outstanding reproductions of very fragile materials.

     

    The similarity to the impressionists?  Early one morning many years ago I was on a train through Normandy and the light that glittered through the skies was 100% impressionist.  It's just the way France is.

     

    A pleasure to see these photos again.  

  140. Stuart H says:

    Absolutely blows my mind! Gorgeous!

  141. Gail Moran Slater says:

    What a find!  These images were seen by painters Picasso. Matisse, Braque, as well as writers Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire. They were in Paris before WWI.  During the Great War and just after, Stravinsky, Marc Chagall, Sylvia Beach, and Janet Flanner witnessed these scenes.  No wonder the Lost Generation was inspired by the City of Light.  

  142. Philippe de Laperouse says:

    Breathtaking to see images of Paris in color from the time my grandparents and great-grandparents were alive. Actually, the images can be viewed at http://www.paris1914.com and were taken over an 8 – 10 year period. Most of the images are identified on that site. The image of the Zigomar posters is  of the Grand Cinema Plaisir at 95 rue de la Roquette and was taken on May 14, 1918. Amazing to think that the photo was taken while the war was still raging on the Western Front.

  143. Gerald P Leb says:

    These photos make me nostalgic for a world that does not exist: the world that would have been had the Great War not taken place. One can make a good historical argument that the War killed Western Civilization and we have been living in the ashes. The prevalence of genocide in our world is a strong indicator that this argument is correct. I wish I lived in a world where Art Nouveau ushered in an organic understanding of technology's relationship to the natural world. Alas, that world died.

  144. August P. Blanchat says:

    Magnifique!

  145. Lech says:

    Przepiękny album. Gratuluję Howard tego pomysłu. To wspaniała historia i przegląd nie tak odległych czasów. Pozdrawiam. Lech C.

  146. These are beautiful!!  They have me longing to return to the magical City of Lights…

    Much love,

    B

  147. Peter says:

    Wonderful early color photography!  Does anyone know if similar color photos of the U.S. — i.e. early New York City scenes — might be posted on the internet?  That would be fascnating.  Thanks!

  148. Stunning, amazing, vraiment excellente

  149. karen moller says:

    wow peter incredible — amazing to see how much Paris has changed and how much it hasn't changed

  150. Kevan Cleary says:

    Beautiful photos. The color makes them come alive. We tend to think our great-grandparents lived in a black and white world, but here is living proof that it was a colorful as our own times.

  151. April Alvarez says:

    These are beautiful. Are they from the Kahn Collection in Paris? National Geographic in Washington DC also has a beautiful autochrome collection. 

  152. Per says:

    It is a hoax.I have found several of these pics to be Photoshopped, which may indicate that they are black and white photos colorized in Photoshop or another graphic editor.

  153. Kevin says:

    Also les deux gosses refers to a film that appeared in 1912

     

  154. François DUPUY says:

    Je puis confirmer que le procédé "autochrome Lumière" conduisait à de très belles photos, l'original étant sur plaques en verre, comme une diapositive, en ayant retrouvé de nombreuses dans les archives familiales.

    Il faut également préciser que leur retirage en couleur a été plus tard directement impossible, après abandon du procédé (semble-t-il assez couteux) mais que les reproductions ont cependant pu être faites en noir et blanc à partir des plaques support en verre des photos couleur : ce n'est donc pas parce que la diffusion ou publication n'a pu ensuite et pendant longtemps ne se faire qu'en noir et blanc qu'il faudrait obligatoirement croire à une manipulation de type Photoshop !

  155. Joan says:

    I think these pictures were made in spring 1919 : that explains the abundant and festive patriottic decorations that you can see on several pictures. But it gets more exact when you check picture number 21, made in front of a Cinema Pathé. There are 3 films announced :
     1) "Les Deux Gosses" = made in 1906 (but there's indicated : "à la demande générale" (on general demand), which indicates that it's has been shown before)
    2) "Le Baron Mystère" = made in 1918 
    3) "La Reine s'Ennuie" = made in 1919.
    As the leaves on the trees are still very young, I gues the picture was made in spring 1919.

  156. solstar says:

    they look great any way either real of faked -boy does time fly !

  157. Petal Pusher says:

    This is a visual time capsule for sure! thank you for sharing!

    cheers!

  158. Micke says:

    Pity they are not scanned in higher resolution. As they likely are glass-plates of the time the amount of detail from them are immense as can be seen here http://jabcam.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/gallery-glass-plates-from-1920s/

    In the originals surely the poster's and billboard's dates will be legible.

  159. Dennis says:

    Hello, I find the photos really great, I'd like to have one of them print on canvas.

     

  160. Astonishing and beautiful. Thanks for publishing!!

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  162. Stratos says:

    Early 1900? Really awesome!

  163. Le Paris d’une notre époque, excellente photo !

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  168. Julian says:

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