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Turn of the Century Paris in Color

[ 12 ] January 31, 2013 |

What an utterly wonderful set of color photos from Paris in the early 20th century. I love black and white photos and black and white cinema but seeing these things in color really changes one’s perspective.

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  1. Chester Allman says:

    These are fantastic. And look at the way those horizon blue uniforms pop!

    I was just getting nostalgic today about my study abroad in Paris, long ago though it was. It’s a difficult place in many ways, but it’s especially soaked in that blend of enigma and serendipity that give flavor to the best cities.

    • rea says:

      And look at the way those horizon blue uniforms pop!

      Not the best garb in which to attack machine gun emplacemnts, though, as they soon found out.

  2. commie atheist says:

    Amazing. A great find.

  3. Murc says:

    I dunno. Erik After Midnight seems much less entertaining than Scott After Midnight.

    I mean, I don’t even get the sense that you’re drunk and bitter at ALL.

  4. Dave says:

    Late to the party? This was all over twitter last week…

  5. Todd says:

    The photographs are from 1914, appparently. Here is a link with each picture located and dated.

    http://www.paris1914.com/

  6. Kurzleg says:

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing since not all of us are Twits(terers).

  7. Joseph Slater says:

    Nice, thanks for posting this.

  8. Learned Foot says:

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures. I’m a sucker for old-timey photography AND for Paris. You can really feel the exuberance in that Eiffel Tower pic.

    For others who are into very early color photography, I highly recommend checking out the Library of Congress’s collection of pre-WWI photos of the Russian Empire, taken by Sergei Prudokin-Gorskii. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

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