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Christina In Red: Rare 1913 Color Photos Show How People Lived 100 Years Ago
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Christina In Red: Rare 1913 Color Photos Show How People Lived 100 Years Ago

We imagine the past in black-and-white, but Mervyn O’Gorman was taking colorful photos using glass plates coated in potato starch in 1913. The technical name for this process is autochrome, and O’Gorman used it to take beautiful photos of his daughter Christina wearing red in the British countryside. As the vintage photos contain little to give their era away, they seem to be from no specific period; in fact, they almost weren’t taken at all.

These historical photos and the technology behind them are both curious side projects, neither of them being the primary invention or occupation of their authors. Autochrome was patented in 1903 by the Lumiere Brothers in France, who were most famous for their work with cinema; Mervyn O’Gorman, the one who took these old photos, is best known as a motoring pioneer and one of the greatest British aeronautical engineers of his time.

Mervin died in 1958. No details remain of Christina’s life, but Mervin’s 1913 historical pictures remain a beautiful example of what can happen by accident.

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Cookie
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7 years ago

No hair extensions, how refreshing.

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago

These r beautiful photos, showing how natural & modest girls used 2b!

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago

I have a black&white photo of my great-great-great grandmother from 1907 Russian Empire! Ill never know the colour of her dress! :(

DanielaBlueMoonBoal
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7 years ago

I can't do it but maybe you can find someone to work on that photo for you. Search the internet, there are ways to find the colour in b/w

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HarmlessHamster
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7 years ago

This is how women are supposed to look. Just give me a normal looking woman who is more interested in people than their iPhones.

exilio
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7 years ago

I'm doubting the authenticity of these photos...the poses and girls really seem too emo and thin...I don't think it's just the color.

Daniel Dannen
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4 years ago

These are very famous photos, you idiot. Their authenticity is not in doubt.

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SeanCormac
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7 years ago

i find it very hard to believe that these are genuinely that old. so many questionable aspects. styling? manicured lawn? hair style/time per

Daniel Dannen
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4 years ago

Ignoramus.

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FirdaFauziyyah
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7 years ago

It seems unbelieveble but...

MaxSteele
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3 years ago

This mystery was solved 3 years ago https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/about-us/press-office/christina-mystery-beautiful-102-year-old-colour-portraits-solved

René-FrankGranaada
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6 years ago

wonderfull stuff.. cultural delicacy.. ;)

MattNoel
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7 years ago

They don't look very happy.

LadyAna
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7 years ago

Gorgeous!

DanMoon
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7 years ago

I'd feed it a length

HarmlessHamster
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7 years ago

This is how women are supposed to look. When women go all out with fake stuff on and act like the horrid stars they emulate, it saddens me.

Eugene@MajadeDesign
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7 years ago

These images are stunning

Shreshtha
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7 years ago

Unbelievable yet beautiful <3

ElizabethMolloy
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7 years ago

They have a very Pre-Raphaelite feel to them. Beautiful!

MartinaGoranova
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7 years ago

If you look into the camera, it will take your soul away!

MartinaGoranova
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7 years ago

If you look into the camera it will take your soul away!

exilio
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7 years ago

I'm doubting the authenticity of these photos...the poses and girls really seem contemporary...I don't think it's just the color. Too emo?

Daniel Dannen
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4 years ago

Educate yourself, dummy. These are famous photos that were taken at the stated time.

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K1p57a
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7 years ago

Why so serious :D

JulieBraunscheidel
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7 years ago

I don't think these pictures are real to clear and they definetly didn't have colored film!

Simon Jones
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5 years ago

The Shackleton expedition to the South Pole, departing in 1914, had colour film. The colour photos are available if you Google for it.

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Rachel
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7 years ago

Romantic and eerie. Beautiful and mysterious. I love them.

TriciaHolmes
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7 years ago

Duh! Not really...

Cookie
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7 years ago

No hair extensions, how refreshing.

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago

These r beautiful photos, showing how natural & modest girls used 2b!

SusannaVesna
Community Member
7 years ago

I have a black&white photo of my great-great-great grandmother from 1907 Russian Empire! Ill never know the colour of her dress! :(

DanielaBlueMoonBoal
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7 years ago

I can't do it but maybe you can find someone to work on that photo for you. Search the internet, there are ways to find the colour in b/w

Load More Replies...
HarmlessHamster
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7 years ago

This is how women are supposed to look. Just give me a normal looking woman who is more interested in people than their iPhones.

exilio
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7 years ago

I'm doubting the authenticity of these photos...the poses and girls really seem too emo and thin...I don't think it's just the color.

Daniel Dannen
Community Member
4 years ago

These are very famous photos, you idiot. Their authenticity is not in doubt.

Load More Replies...
SeanCormac
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7 years ago

i find it very hard to believe that these are genuinely that old. so many questionable aspects. styling? manicured lawn? hair style/time per

Daniel Dannen
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4 years ago

Ignoramus.

Load More Replies...
FirdaFauziyyah
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7 years ago

It seems unbelieveble but...

MaxSteele
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3 years ago

This mystery was solved 3 years ago https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/about-us/press-office/christina-mystery-beautiful-102-year-old-colour-portraits-solved

René-FrankGranaada
Community Member
6 years ago

wonderfull stuff.. cultural delicacy.. ;)

MattNoel
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7 years ago

They don't look very happy.

LadyAna
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7 years ago

Gorgeous!

DanMoon
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7 years ago

I'd feed it a length

HarmlessHamster
Community Member
7 years ago

This is how women are supposed to look. When women go all out with fake stuff on and act like the horrid stars they emulate, it saddens me.

Eugene@MajadeDesign
Community Member
7 years ago

These images are stunning

Shreshtha
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7 years ago

Unbelievable yet beautiful <3

ElizabethMolloy
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7 years ago

They have a very Pre-Raphaelite feel to them. Beautiful!

MartinaGoranova
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7 years ago

If you look into the camera, it will take your soul away!

MartinaGoranova
Community Member
7 years ago

If you look into the camera it will take your soul away!

exilio
Community Member
7 years ago

I'm doubting the authenticity of these photos...the poses and girls really seem contemporary...I don't think it's just the color. Too emo?

Daniel Dannen
Community Member
4 years ago

Educate yourself, dummy. These are famous photos that were taken at the stated time.

Load More Replies...
K1p57a
Community Member
7 years ago

Why so serious :D

JulieBraunscheidel
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7 years ago

I don't think these pictures are real to clear and they definetly didn't have colored film!

Simon Jones
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5 years ago

The Shackleton expedition to the South Pole, departing in 1914, had colour film. The colour photos are available if you Google for it.

Load More Replies...
Rachel
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7 years ago

Romantic and eerie. Beautiful and mysterious. I love them.

TriciaHolmes
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7 years ago

Duh! Not really...

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