When you think of old photos or historical pictures, you naturally think in terms of black and white, but as you can see from these stunning vintage photos from the turn of the 20th century, color pictures have been around for a lot longer than you think.

Before 1907, if you wanted a color photograph, you (well, a professional colorist) basically had to color it using different dyes and pigments. Still, two French brothers called Auguste and Louis Lumière revolutionized all that with a game-changing process that they called the Autochrome Lumière. Using dyed grains of potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion, they could produce color in vintage photography without the need for additional colorization. Despite being difficult to manufacture and somewhat expensive, the process was very popular among amateur photographers. As a result, 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. Still, 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 historical photos in color using their groundbreaking technique.

#1

Christina In Red, 1913

Christina In Red, 1913

Mervyn O’Gorman Report

#2

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#3

Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

Friedrich Paneth Report

#4

Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

Etheldreda Janet Laing Report

#5

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#7

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

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

Alfonse Van Besten Report

#8

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#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

#10

The Grenata Street Army, 1915

The Grenata Street Army, 1915

Léon Gimpel Report

#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

#12

Two Girls On A Balcony, 1908

Two Girls On A Balcony, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

#13

Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912

Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912

Alfonse Van Besten Report

#14

Air Balloons, Paris, 1914

Air Balloons, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#15

Charlie Chaplin, 1918

Charlie Chaplin, 1918

Charles C. Zoller Report

#16

Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908

Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908

Alvin Langdon Coburn Report

#17

Christina In Red, 1913

Christina In Red, 1913

Mervyn O’Gorman Report

#18

Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914

Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#19

Woman Smoking Opium, 1915

Woman Smoking Opium, 1915

Léon Busy Report

#20

Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908

Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908

Etheldreda Janet Laing Report

#21

Van Besten Painting In His Garden, 1912

Van Besten Painting In His Garden, 1912

Alfonse Van Besten Report

#22

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar, 1913

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

#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

#24

Girl In A Garden With Hollyhocks, 1908

Girl In A Garden With Hollyhocks, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

#25

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

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

Albert Kahn Report

#26

Else Reading By The Nile, 1920

Else Reading By The Nile, 1920

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

#27

Woman And Girl By A Brook, 1910

Woman And Girl By A Brook, 1910

Charles Corbet Report

#28

Family Portrait At Roannay, Belgium, 1913

Family Portrait At Roannay, Belgium, 1913

Georges Gilon Report

#29

The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham, 1910

The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham, 1910

John Cimon Warburg Report

#30

An Autochrome Of Two Sisters, 1908

An Autochrome Of Two Sisters, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

#31

Apan (Young Samurai), 1912

Apan (Young Samurai), 1912

Albert Kahn Report

#32

Autochrome Of Else Paneth On A Camel, 1913

Autochrome Of Else Paneth On A Camel, 1913

Friedrich Paneth Report

#33

Japan, Kyoto, 1912

Japan, Kyoto, 1912

Albert Kahn Report

#34

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 1912

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 1912

Albert Kahn Report

#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

#36

Louis Lumière's Daughter And Her Dolls, 1913

Louis Lumière's Daughter And Her Dolls, 1913

Mo Report

#37

Lanchester 38hp Tourer, 1913

Lanchester 38hp Tourer, 1913

Unknown Report

#38

Porte Saint Denis, Paris, 1914

Porte Saint Denis, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#39

Joan In Red Riding Hood Cape With Basket, 1907

Joan In Red Riding Hood Cape With Basket, 1907

John Cimon Warburg Report

#40

Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Etheldreda Laing Report

#41

Girl With A Parasol Sitting On A Bench, 1908

Girl With A Parasol Sitting On A Bench, 1908

Etheldreda Laing Report

#42

Giant Oranges,paris, 1914

Giant Oranges,paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#43

Egypt, Giza, 1913

Egypt, Giza, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

#44

Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913

Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913

Albert Kahn Report

#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

#46

Mongolia, Near Ulaanbaatar (Buddhist Lama), 1913

Mongolia, Near Ulaanbaatar (Buddhist Lama), 1913

Albert Kahn Report

#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

#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

#49

Metro, Paris, 1914

Metro, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#50

Margate Beach, Blue Girl , 1915

Margate Beach, Blue Girl , 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

#51

The Family At The Lake, 1925

The Family At The Lake, 1925

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

#52

Palace Of Horticulture, Pan American Exposition, 1915

Palace Of Horticulture, Pan American Exposition, 1915

George Eastman Museum Report

#53

Highland Castle, Scotland, 1920

Highland Castle, Scotland, 1920

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

#55

St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice, 1925

St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice, 1925

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

#56

Market Stalls Outside An Egyptian Ruin, 1913

Market Stalls Outside An Egyptian Ruin, 1913

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

#57

Children By The Breakwater, 1908

Children By The Breakwater, 1908

John Cimon Warburg Report

#58

Galway, Ireland, 1913

Galway, Ireland, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

#59

India, Bombay (Sadus), 1913

India, Bombay (Sadus), 1913

Albert Kahn Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#60

Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910

Etheldreda Laing Report

#61

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#62

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#63

Peggy In The Garden, 1909

Peggy In The Garden, 1909

John Cimon Warburg Report

#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

#65

Stagecoaches At Ghent, 1912

Stagecoaches At Ghent, 1912

Alfonse Van Besten Report

#66

Staithes Harbor, 1915

Staithes Harbor, 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

#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

#68

At The Entrance To The Pyramid Of Menkare, 1913

At The Entrance To The Pyramid Of Menkare, 1913

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

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#71

One Legged Man, Paris, 1914

One Legged Man, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#72

Lumiere Brothers. The Game Of Billiards, 1907

Lumiere Brothers. The Game Of Billiards, 1907

Mo Report

#73

Galway, Ireland, 1913

Galway, Ireland, 1913

Albert Kahn Report

#74

Shepherd’s Boy, C. 1913

Shepherd’s Boy, C. 1913

Alfonse Van Besten Report

#75

The Kiosk Of Philae, 1913

The Kiosk Of Philae, 1913

Friedrich Adolf Paneth Report

#76

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

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

Karel Šmirous Report

#77

Eva Poses After A Successful Hunt In Scotland, C. 1920

Eva Poses After A Successful Hunt In Scotland, C. 1920

Report

#78

Senegalese Soldiers Serving In The French Army As Infantrymen Are Resting In A Room With Guns And Equipment Next To Them, 16th June 1917

Senegalese Soldiers Serving In The French Army As Infantrymen Are Resting In A Room With Guns And Equipment Next To Them, 16th June 1917

Paul Castelnau Report

#79

Man With Book Sitting In Chair, 1915

Man With Book Sitting In Chair, 1915

George Eastman Museum Report

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#80

Horse, Paris, 1914

Horse, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#81

Eiffel Tower River View, Paris, 1914

Eiffel Tower River View, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#82

Two Girls At The Gate, 1915

Two Girls At The Gate, 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

#83

Cafe La Tasse, Paris, 1914

Cafe La Tasse, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#84

Autochrome Of A French Military Cemetery, 1916

Autochrome Of A French Military Cemetery, 1916

Jules Gervais-Courtellemont Report

#85

Woman In Floral Silk Robe, 1915

Woman In Floral Silk Robe, 1915

George Eastman Museum Report

#86

The Temple Of Dor El-Medine, 1913

The Temple Of Dor El-Medine, 1913

Friedrich Paneth Report

#87

Italian Riviera, 1910

Italian Riviera, 1910

Karel Šmirous Report

#88

Drunk Man Sleeping On City Street, Paris, 1914

Drunk Man Sleeping On City Street, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn Report

#89

Woman Sitting In Library, 1915

Woman Sitting In Library, 1915

George Eastman Museum Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#90

Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (Prisoner), 1913

Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (Prisoner), 1913

Albert Kahn Report

#92

Girl With A Bucket, 1915

Girl With A Bucket, 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

#93

A Small Customer, 1915

A Small Customer, 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

#94

Lady And Fruit Dish, 1920

Lady And Fruit Dish, 1920

Paul Sano Report

#95

Autochrome Photo By Cdt Tournassoud, 1910

Autochrome Photo By Cdt Tournassoud, 1910

Mo Report

#96

Washing And Bleaching, 1912

Washing And Bleaching, 1912

Alfonse Van Besten Report

#97

Autochrome Of French Soldiers Operating Machine Guns During The Second Battle Of The Aisne, 1917

Autochrome Of French Soldiers Operating Machine Guns During The Second Battle Of The Aisne, 1917

Fernand Cuville Report

#98

The Last Digger, 1910

The Last Digger, 1910

John Cimon Warburg Report

#99

The Butcher's Shop, 1915

The Butcher's Shop, 1915

John Cimon Warburg Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#101

Morocco, Benguerir, 1912

Morocco, Benguerir, 1912

Albert Kahn Report

#102

Civic And Military Garb, C. 1911

Civic And Military Garb, C. 1911