Rarely seen color images of London during World War II

Dec. 10, 1943 St. Paul’s cathedral stands intact amid buildings destroyed by bombing.

The mostly-forgotten Dufaycolor process allowed photographers to capture vivid color images during the 1940s.

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20 Rare Color Photos Of Paris Taken 100 Years Ago.

In the era of black and white photos, French banker Albert Kahn wanted to capture the great cities of the world in color. So in 1909, he commissioned four photographers to take their cameras around the world, documenting what they saw in color.

One of those cities was Paris, and these photos taken in 1914 capture…

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vintage everyday: Early 1900s in Color – 24 Incredible Color Photos of Ethnic Exotic from Around the World in the Early 20th Century

If you can track it down, there’s an excellent five-part BBC television series (2007) — Edwardians in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn — featuring the photographer’s work.

Residents of Dahomey (now Benin), photographer Frederic Gadmer, 1920.

In 1909, at the very dawn of color photography, the French banker Albert Kahn set out to visually document every culture of the global human family. With the fortune he had amassed selling securities from South African diamond mines and illegal war bonds to the Japanese, Kahn financed a team of photographers to spread across the world taking pictures. Over the next two decades, these artists and ethnographers produced over 70,000 photos across 50 countries, from Ireland to India and…

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Rare Color Photographs of German Front in World War I

Prior to the outbreak of war, German strategy was based almost entirely on the Schlieffen Plan. With the Franco-Russian Agreement in place, Germany knew that war with either of these combatants would result in war with the other, which meant that there would be war in both the west and the east…

Colored Photographs from German front in WWI (1)

Photos by Hans Hildenbrand

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Rare color photos of 1928 England, full of soul and spunk

In the late 1920s and early 1930s National Geographic sent photographer Clifton R. Adams to England to record its farms, towns and cities, and its people at work and play. Only, Adams happened to record it all in color using the Autochrome process.

The Autochrome was the foremost color photographic process of the day, since it was first brought to market by the Lumière brothers in 1907. The core ingredient? Potatoes. Tiny grains of dyed potato starch, around 4,000,000 per square inch, coated a glass plate. The gaps between the grains filled with lampblack, and the coated layer allowed the exposure to capture a color image.

In 1928 England, farming was a very significant part of life, with men and women employed in the fields. In fact, many of Adams’ autochromes show…

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