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The world wasn’t as monochromatic as you might think when you look at black and white photos of your family or of people from around the world. A hundred years seems like an eternity away. Yet, even a century ago there were color photographs to show how the world was like all those years back.
But it wasn’t easy to make the photos bloom. Professionals used dyes and pigments to add color to the monochromatic photographs. However, things took a turn for the better.
Contents & Quick Navigation
- The Advent of Color Photography
- Enter Kodak.
- The Digital Revolution.
- #20 Sisters weaving together roses in 1911.
- #19 Lady in Red, 1913.
- #18 A Florist on the streets of Paris in 1914.
- #17 Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914.
- #16 Against the backdrop of mountains in 1925.
- #15 The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914.
- #14 Lost in a Reverie, 1909.
- #13 War and Peace. 1917.
- #12 Sibling love, 1908.
- #11 Mark Twain, 1908.
- #10 The Grenata Street Army, 1915.
- #9 A Walk By The Sea. 1915.
- #8 French soldiers. 1917.
- #7 French military cemetery, 1916.
- #6 Italian battleship in the early 20th century.
- #5 “Old Familiar Flowers”, 1919.
- #4 Egypt, 1913.
- #3 Market scene in Serbia, 1913.
- #2 Pink and green wigs, 1912.
- #1 Vintage car from 1911.
The Advent of Color Photography
After 1907, two French brothers revolutionized the world of photography with a new process they named Autochrome Lumiere. They invented ways to use potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion to give natural color to the photographs. This was a breakthrough in this field and a huge success among amateurs although the process was expensive.
Things changed even more radically in 1935. Kodak invented Kodachrome film. Though France remained loyal to Autochrome Lumiere till 1950s, the rest of the world moved on with the times.
The Kodachrome was a lighter and more convenient option for photography.
The Digital Revolution.
In 2009, Kodak stopped the production of Kodachrome film. Thanks to digital photography that did away with all the hassles of the trade. Both amateur and professional photographers have taken to digital photography as a means of producing rich images within a relatively short time.
Scroll down to see the top 20 pictures of the world as it looked like a hundred years ago.
#20 Sisters weaving together roses in 1911.
#19 Lady in Red, 1913.
#18 A Florist on the streets of Paris in 1914.
#17 Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914.
#16 Against the backdrop of mountains in 1925.
#15 The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914.
#14 Lost in a Reverie, 1909.
#13 War and Peace. 1917.
#12 Sibling love, 1908.
#11 Mark Twain, 1908.
#10 The Grenata Street Army, 1915.
#9 A Walk By The Sea. 1915.
#8 French soldiers. 1917.
#7 French military cemetery, 1916.
#6 Italian battleship in the early 20th century.
#5 “Old Familiar Flowers”, 1919.
#4 Egypt, 1913.
#3 Market scene in Serbia, 1913.
#2 Pink and green wigs, 1912.
#1 Vintage car from 1911.
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