Tired of the endless series of black and white photos that were popular in the day, French banker Albert Kahn decided to do something about it. In 1909, he commissioned four photographers to take their cameras all around the world, and using Autochrome Lumière, to document in color what they saw.

One of the cities on the list was Paris, and in 1914, Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon began their work. Their photos show us that the daily bustle of Paris life was much more colorful than we imagined, with storefronts painted bright red, or walls plastered with colorful photos.

More info: paris1914.com (h/t: petapixel)

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KarenChaddock 3 years ago

That's a really very nice photo. I love the colour in the ladies shawl and her flower wagon is so quaint too.

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JosephBoulier 3 years ago

Today : https://www.google.fr/maps/@48.8839545,2.3323427,3a,75y,348.55h,101.93t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQ-x1AGT4TSnOretKYRQXeg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

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PeteGowdy 3 years ago

Where is this??

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JuliusChes 3 years ago

The old Trocadéro palace, from the previous Exposition Universelle, seen in the background, replaced in 1937. What is interesting, is the byzantine archway around the first floor of Tour Eiffel, never noticed it before!

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ErinShea 3 years ago

Weird to think these people are all dead.

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JesseSpalding 3 years ago

Port Saint-Denis if anyone was curious. Great area of Paris. Just north of the arch (pictured) is some of the best people watching in the world.

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MarinaMarinova 3 years ago

La statue de la Liberte et deriere son dos un potager! Ca c'est du voyage dans le temps!

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FlorenceHastings 3 years ago

What I notice most is the lack of trafik.

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RosaDiaz 3 years ago

OMG look at that donkey toy! I love this!

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TamaraLeQuéau 3 years ago

Invasive ads, early 1900s style ^^

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JosephBoulier 3 years ago

Rue (street) Sainte Foy and Rue (street) d’Alexandrie, Paris 2nd district, in 1914.

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EstherWilliams 3 years ago

100 years ago doesn't seem like that long ago until you see the clothes they are wearing.

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LynnPalin 3 years ago

Looks like a painting!

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AidanCullen 3 years ago

Great picture

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LisaTownsend 3 years ago

Even the sky in France is different...no wonder the painters like to be there

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NadineMoussy-gazel 3 years ago

Paris 16eme, 1er Mai 1920, Boulevard Exelsmans, Station Auteuil.

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MarinaMarinova 3 years ago

Les ivrognes sont immortels :)

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ToddDaddario 3 years ago

You can see the twin towers in the distance.

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DonMarchand 3 years ago

So Nostalgic! Always loved Paris and this makes it so real. Thanks

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jevais 3 years ago

That is mad but so beautiful by any standard! Never have seen any Christmas decorations like these before, even in 21st century...A real work of art.

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DianeMcAdams 3 years ago

This is my favorite. You can actually see what color clothes they wore. No cars just a peaceful walk thru scenery.

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DeniseHarman 3 years ago

The hotel is advertising that they have electricity. That's amazing...

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Emily Jelassi 2 years ago

i know it's a blimp, but it looks like a giant twinkie lol

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JesseSpalding 3 years ago

Before TV dramas?

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SusanBertke 3 years ago

Laundry day. Thank God for my washing machine!

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SusanBertke 3 years ago

Looks like an Impressionist painting.

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LindaKnolhoff 3 years ago

Beautiful

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BillSteinmayer 3 years ago

Love the kid with the scooter!

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jevais 3 years ago

Would love to have some of these wonderful posters. And why not a few chairs and rugs too.

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MinaConstanti 3 years ago

reminds me of that monet painting

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Michiel Rademakers 1 year ago

look at the old Renault autobuses, ligne E, Madeleine-Bastille. So this must be Place de la Madeleine

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jevais 3 years ago

Very much Art Nouveau architecture. Those were the days when buildings were made to last and look their best for centuries.

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jevais 3 years ago

No, the dress of the lady is 1920's about and so are the cars! The cars in the '50s were much different and not opened up like these. The tries were made of inner tube and had an outer tire of rubber with a white ban. They also had hub caps in metal.

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CyrilDonMiouky 3 years ago

This one is from the universal exposition of Paris of 1937. On the left the big building is the Nazi pavillion and on the right the building with a sculpture is the communist pavillion.

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DariaB 3 years ago

Those Zigomar pictures kinda make me worried.... O_o What are these?

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EtienneDuranton 3 years ago

This kind of building is very common next to the ring road around Paris. They were built over the ruins of the old walls. This one is probably located at the 132 Boulevard des Maréchaux (it was completed with a simetrical one).

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RobertStory 3 years ago

Unexpected, extraordinary.

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