When you think of old photographs, you naturally think in terms of black and white, but as you can see from these stunning photographs from the turn of the 20th century, color photography has been around for a lot longer than you think.

Before 1907, if you wanted a color photograph then you (well, a professional colorist) basically had to color it in using different dyes and pigments, but two French brothers called Auguste and Louis Lumière changed all that with a game-changing process that they called the Autochrome Lumière. Using dyed grains of potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion, they were able to produce vibrant photographs without the need for additional colorization. Despite being difficult to manufacture and also somewhat expensive, the process was very popular among amateur photographers and one of the world's first books of color photography was published using the Autochrome Lumière technique.

The brothers revolutionized the world of color photography until Kodak took things to a whole new level with the invention of Kodachrome film in 1935, a lighter and more convenient alternative that quickly made the Autochrome Lumière obsolete (although its popularity continued in France up until the 1950s). Kodachrome was also eventually overtaken by the rise of digital photography (Kodak stopped manufacturing Kodachrome in 2009), which is now by far the world's most popular way to take pictures, but modern advances in photographic technology wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of early pioneers like Auguste and Louis Lumière. Scroll down for a collection of stunning century-old color photographs using their groundbreaking technique.

#1 Christina In Red, 1913

Christina In Red, 1913

Mervyn O’Gorman Report

Nancy E 1 year ago

I know she is wearing a bathing suit . What a difference in mores' today !

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#2 Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

varwenea 1 year ago

This is beautiful.

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#3 Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

Friedrich Paneth Report

Nancy E 1 year ago

Ah, so very perfect !

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#4 Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

Etheldreda Janet Laing Report

Audrey 1 year ago

So beautiful clothes

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#5 Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

John L 1 year ago

Its just too bad that those wonderful buildings on left and right are no longer standing. :(

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#6 Daydreams, 1909

Daydreams, 1909

John Cimon Warburg Report

CultOfBambi 1 year ago

She could almost be an Alphonse Mucha model.

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#7 Musing (Mrs. A. Van Besten), C. 1910

Musing (Mrs. A. Van Besten), C. 1910

Alfonse Van Besten Report

xpurinx 1 year ago

Wow, stunning! You'd think it's a painting.

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#8 The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Ani Asnever 1 year ago

Wow! This photo is most remarkable for the shot of the old Trocadero palace, seen through the tower's arch! It hasn't been there for 80 years.

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#9 A Girl Holds A Doll Next To Soldiers' Equipment In Reims, France, 1917

A Girl Holds A Doll Next To Soldiers' Equipment In Reims, France, 1917

Fernand Cuville Report

Diksha Deshpande 1 year ago

Just imagine the story behind this!

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#10 The Grenata Street Army, 1915

The Grenata Street Army, 1915

Léon Gimpel Report

John L 1 year ago

Obviously this picture was not taken in Berlin. :O

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#11 Among The First Coloured Pictures Ever Taken By Louis Lumière, 1907

Among The First Coloured Pictures Ever Taken By Louis Lumière, 1907

Mo Report

Audrey 1 year ago

Looks like a painting of monet

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#12 Two Girls On A Balcony, 1908

Two Girls On A Balcony, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

Ruth Meszaros 1 year ago

What a wonderful snapshot of that moment.

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#13 Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912

Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912

Alfonse Van Besten Report

Zenozenobee 1 year ago

I love this dress!

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#14 Air Balloons, Paris, 1914

Air Balloons, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Simon Gerber 1 year ago

My steampunk heart is melting

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#15 Charlie Chaplin, 1918

Charlie Chaplin, 1918

Charles C. Zoller Report

Marcus Stützel 1 year ago

I love his amazing speech for humanity in the great dictator <3

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#16 Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908

Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908

Alvin Langdon Coburn Report

Sabbie Bradley 1 year ago

I wonder if his eyebrow got in the way of his reading?

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#17 Christina In Red, 1913

Christina In Red, 1913

Mervyn O’Gorman Report

Primrose Roney 1 year ago

Looks modern

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#18 Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914

Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Aunt Messy 1 year ago

There are still street markets like this in Paris if you know where to look. They aren't all that hard to find, either. If you see vans parked on the street that have spectacular graffiti all over them, there's a market nearby. The graffiti on the vans gets competitive and some of it is spectacular.

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#19 Woman Smoking Opium, 1915

Woman Smoking Opium, 1915

Léon Busy Report

Danny Root 1 year ago

Mind if I join you?

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#20 Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908

Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908

Etheldreda Janet Laing Report

AsHaysha Salam 1 year ago

Can people really stop with the appropriation, it's clothing !!! Should we stop eating food from different cultures or watch different

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#21 Van Besten Painting In His Garden, 1912

Van Besten Painting In His Garden, 1912

Alfonse Van Besten Report

Amy Radie 1 year ago

Nancy, I guess the object of this series went way over your head. Have a better day.

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#22 Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar, 1913

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

I think that bridge was destroyed in modern war

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#23 Eva And Heinz On The Shore Of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, C. 1927

Eva And Heinz On The Shore Of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, C. 1927

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Nancy E 1 year ago

This could be almost modern times.

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#24 Girl In A Garden With Hollyhocks, 1908

Girl In A Garden With Hollyhocks, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

Gretchen Pritchard 1 year ago

Wow; can't grow hollyhocks like that where I live!

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#25 Sweden, Near Gagnef (Mother And Daughter In Traditional Clothes), 1910

Sweden, Near Gagnef (Mother And Daughter In Traditional Clothes), 1910

Albert Kahn Report

Kjorn 1 year ago

so many color!

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#26 Else Reading By The Nile, 1920

Else Reading By The Nile, 1920

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

CultOfBambi 1 year ago

The Paneth family definitely seem to have had some lovely holidays.

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#27 Woman And Girl By A Brook, 1910

Woman And Girl By A Brook, 1910

Charles Corbet Report

xpurinx 1 year ago

Surely a painting?

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#28 Family Portrait At Roannay, Belgium, 1913

Family Portrait At Roannay, Belgium, 1913

Georges Gilon Report

Lara B. 1 year ago

There's always that one family member that can't stand still for photos (girl in the right window) :D. But beautiful picture anyway :)

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#29 The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham, 1910

The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham, 1910

John Cimon Warburg Report

Anna Misiuk 1 year ago

Love this- my home town!

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#30 An Autochrome Of Two Sisters, 1908

An Autochrome Of Two Sisters, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

Waxwork 1 year ago

I think the one sitting up is Etheldreda from the earlier picture.

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#31 Apan (Young Samurai), 1912

Apan (Young Samurai), 1912

Albert Kahn Report

B.r. Hutchinson 1 year ago

Oh the changes he would have seen...to go from a society like the outfit he has on represents, to WW2 where he might have been an officer in his 40s, to the resurgence of Japan in the 70s (if he lived).

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#32 Autochrome Of Else Paneth On A Camel, 1913

Autochrome Of Else Paneth On A Camel, 1913

Friedrich Paneth Report

Rachel Brekhus 1 year ago

...and possibly a whole family of unnamed people. Why are dolls accompanying white girls mentioned, but not black people accompanying Paneths - even in the vaguest of terms?

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#33 Japan, Kyoto, 1912

Japan, Kyoto, 1912

Albert Kahn Report

Nikki Scott 1 year ago

The girl in the middle... for a split second I thought her obi belt was see through

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#34 Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 1912

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 1912

Albert Kahn Report

John L 1 year ago

I just want to reach out, grab one, and sink my teeth into the fresh bread while its still warm. :O

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#35 Mother Of Seven Making Fringes For Knitted Shawls, Galway, Ireland, 29 May 1913

Mother Of Seven Making Fringes For Knitted Shawls, Galway, Ireland, 29 May 1913

Albert Kahn Report

therealpixie 1 year ago

And now they call it "recycling" if a celebrity wears a dress twice.

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#36 Louis Lumière's Daughter And Her Dolls, 1913

Louis Lumière's Daughter And Her Dolls, 1913

Mo Report

Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Lucky child

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#37 Lanchester 38hp Tourer, 1913

Lanchester 38hp Tourer, 1913

Unknown Report

Izolda Bronstein 1 year ago

take a look at those door handles!

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#38 Porte Saint Denis, Paris, 1914

Porte Saint Denis, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Shawn Trudeau 1 year ago

If you go to Google Maps and find the site, most if not all of the buildings are the same even the older looking house through the arch.

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#39 Joan In Red Riding Hood Cape With Basket, 1907

Joan In Red Riding Hood Cape With Basket, 1907

John Cimon Warburg Report

Cherry Ann 1 year ago

little red riding hood

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#40 Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Etheldreda Laing Report

Annabell 1 year ago

This is beautiful!

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#41 Girl With A Parasol Sitting On A Bench, 1908

Girl With A Parasol Sitting On A Bench, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

This looks like Etheldreda Janet Laing's daughter

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#42 Giant Oranges,paris, 1914

Giant Oranges,paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

M O'Connell 1 year ago

Very interesting. I thought they only did weird inflatable stuff recently!

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#43 Egypt, Giza, 1913

Egypt, Giza, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Jose Baeyens 1 year ago

They were right : the old egyptians did remodel the head to a pharaoh's head and it was probably a lions head first. Compare the erosion of the body with that of the head.

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#44 Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913

Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Kjorn 1 year ago

the roof!!!

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#45 An Autochrome Of Etheldreda Janet Laing Daughter In A Garden, Holding A Brightly Coloured Bunch Of Pink Flowers, 1908

An Autochrome Of Etheldreda Janet Laing Daughter In A Garden, Holding A Brightly Coloured Bunch Of Pink Flowers, 1908

Etheldreda Janet Laing Report

CultOfBambi 1 year ago

Etheldreda... now there's a name that you don't hear anymore!

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#46 Mongolia, Near Ulaanbaatar (Buddhist Lama), 1913

Mongolia, Near Ulaanbaatar (Buddhist Lama), 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

I love this

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#47 Traditional Irish Knitwear, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913 (Left), 14 Year Old Girl From The Claddagh Wearing Traditional Claddagh Dress. Galway, Ireland, 26th May 1913 (Right)

Traditional Irish Knitwear, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913 (Left), 14 Year Old Girl From The Claddagh Wearing Traditional Claddagh Dress. Galway, Ireland, 26th May 1913 (Right)

Albert Kahn Report

Tony Cabré 1 year ago

Bare feet...

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#48 Lunch Of A French Soldier In Front Of A Damaged Library, 1st April 1917

Lunch Of A French Soldier In Front Of A Damaged Library, 1st April 1917

Paul Castelnau Report

Bengü Taşkesen 1 year ago

It's not a library, it's a bookstore.

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#49 Metro, Paris, 1914

Metro, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Grant O'Neil 1 year ago

Seems like maybe this photo might be later than 1914. My understanding is that the Adrian helmet was not introduced until 1915 (at least two of the soldiers in this photo seem to be wearing the helmets) and the all horizon blue colour seen here was not introduced until late 1914 (at the outbreak of the war French poilus were wearing red trousers, naturally this made them far too easy to see and contributed to heavier casualties)

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#50 Margate Beach, Blue Girl , 1915

Margate Beach, Blue Girl , 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

Ana T. 1 year ago

i bet those people if the can travel to today present they will be surprise to see that beach full of people in bikinis and shorthorns lol " oh my god , they are almost naked"

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#51 The Family At The Lake, 1925

The Family At The Lake, 1925

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Izolda Bronstein 1 year ago

Hey, isn't this again our Eva and Heinz on vocation in the Alps? Not just some nameless "a family" ))

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#52 Palace Of Horticulture, Pan American Exposition, 1915

Palace Of Horticulture, Pan American Exposition, 1915

George Eastman Museum Report

Glenn Miller 1 year ago

San Francisco?

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#53 Highland Castle, Scotland, 1920

Highland Castle, Scotland, 1920

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Kjorn 1 year ago

i love these kind of cows!

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#54 Mrs. Warburg, 1915

Mrs. Warburg, 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

Cherie 1 year ago

She looks impatient.

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#55 St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice, 1925

St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice, 1925

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Ged Maybury 1 year ago

Clearly no-one was expecting earthquakes in this town.

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#56 Market Stalls Outside An Egyptian Ruin, 1913

Market Stalls Outside An Egyptian Ruin, 1913

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Nikki Scott 1 year ago

This looks like Luxor/Karnak

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#57 Children By The Breakwater, 1908

Children By The Breakwater, 1908

John Cimon Warburg Report

Neil James 1 year ago

Volks railway Brighton?

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#58 Galway, Ireland, 1913

Galway, Ireland, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Shinta Widirahayu 1 year ago

They're all so cute and pretty

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#59 India, Bombay (Sadus), 1913

India, Bombay (Sadus), 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Edgard Želâznog 1 year ago

That thong! XD

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#60 Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Etheldreda Laing Report

xpurinx 1 year ago

Oh, this is so lovely.

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#61 Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Curd Vesters 1 year ago

strange how this one is totally different from the other one from the Moulin Rouge from 1914... Look at the building left 19141578_1...8b9208.jpg 19141578_10210950623573852_1476960817_n-59402d68b9208.jpg

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#62 Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Kjorn 1 year ago

Zig-Zag le meilleur papier cigarettes (zig-zag the best cigarette paper) : when you need to roll yours

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#63 Peggy In The Garden, 1909

Peggy In The Garden, 1909

John Cimon Warburg Report

Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

So beautiful. This reminds me of that beautiful Swedish painting of children with lanterns--the name of which escapes me (help anyone?)

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#64 The Younger Girl Stands Beside Her Sister Holding A Pink Parasol. The Older Girl Rests Her Bonnet On Her Lap, 1908

The Younger Girl Stands Beside Her Sister Holding A Pink Parasol. The Older Girl Rests Her Bonnet On Her Lap, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

aren't these Etheldreda Janet Laing's daughters?

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#65 Stagecoaches At Ghent, 1912

Stagecoaches At Ghent, 1912

Alfonse Van Besten Report

Chris Pederson 1 year ago

These are omnibuses actually.

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#66 Staithes Harbor, 1915

Staithes Harbor, 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

John L 1 year ago

This is the most unique harbor in all of England. I wish I could be there now. :(

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#67 Two Fishermen And A Boy, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913

Two Fishermen And A Boy, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Anne Nadel-Walbridge 1 year ago

My money is on this being a family portrait of three generations.

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#68 At The Entrance To The Pyramid Of Menkare, 1913

At The Entrance To The Pyramid Of Menkare, 1913

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Evelyn Morgan 1 year ago

It looks like it could be a scene from an Agatha Christie mystery in the middle east.

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#69 A Rusty Buoy, 1908

A Rusty Buoy, 1908

John Cimon Warburg Report

AugustaAdaHypatia 1 year ago

Ah, that's what they used to be like; all orange plastic now!

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#70 Sphinx And Camel, 1913

Sphinx And Camel, 1913

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

The sphinx's head looks like a bun

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#71 One Legged Man, Paris, 1914

One Legged Man, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

Donna Rivera 1 year ago

These pictures are an absolute treasure, arn't they?

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#72 Lumiere Brothers. The Game Of Billiards, 1907

Lumiere Brothers. The Game Of Billiards, 1907

Mo Report

Stinkypie Ticklebum 1 year ago

This one is framed very well. The most 'like a painting' one yet!

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#73 Galway, Ireland, 1913

Galway, Ireland, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

Rachel Brekhus 1 year ago

such a harsh land

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#74 Shepherd’s Boy, C. 1913

Shepherd’s Boy, C. 1913

Alfonse Van Besten Report

Aaaa Bbbb 1 year ago

Reminds me of the cute little boy who likes to wear dresses from a recent Bored Panda post.

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#75 The Kiosk Of Philae, 1913

The Kiosk Of Philae, 1913

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

Ric Segura-Cuzner 11 months ago

Now the temple is high and dry....and beautiful to behold

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#76 Oranges In Uhlený Trh (“coal Market Square”), Prague, 1910

Oranges In Uhlený Trh (“coal Market Square”), Prague, 1910

Karel Šmirous Report