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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MihalyFoldes
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5 years ago

These are black / white photos colored in Photoshop. you can actually see the selection path on the store window.

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rhetorical1
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5 years ago

Litter even then.

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PeteGowdy
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5 years ago

Where is this??

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MarinaMarinova
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5 years ago

Les platannes sont encore jeunes...

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ErinShea
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5 years ago

Weird to think these people are all dead.

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Cobraul2
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Fake ghost people. ;))

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MarinaMarinova
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5 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
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5 years ago

What I notice most is the lack of trafik.

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RosaDiaz
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5 years ago

OMG look at that donkey toy! I love this!

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TamaraLeQuéau
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5 years ago

Invasive ads, early 1900s style ^^

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RachelHom
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5 years ago

Gorgeous colorfr the advertisements on the building and I love the cart as well.

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GarethJones
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5 years ago

What are those things?

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MarinaMarinova
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5 years ago

Marche aux fleures?

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AidanCullen
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5 years ago

Great picture

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ShereenSeyam
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5 years ago

This piece is amazing

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MarinaMarinova
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5 years ago

Et toc! Un pissoir!

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MarinaMarinova
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5 years ago

Grenelle?

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MarinaMarinova
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5 years ago

Les ivrognes sont immortels :)

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KlassEmsee
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5 years ago

Peg leg Pierre

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NatashaBarycky
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5 years ago

Man standing in front of window: I like the stores in the foreground, in contrast to upper windows.

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AngelaMcKeown
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5 years ago

incredible! even for the present time.

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DianeMcAdams
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5 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
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5 years ago

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

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Emily Jelassi
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4 years ago

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

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JesseSpalding
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5 years ago

Before TV dramas?

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SusanBertke
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5 years ago

Laundry day. Thank God for my washing machine!

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SusanBertke
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5 years ago

Looks like an Impressionist painting.

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LindaKnolhoff
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5 years ago

Beautiful

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BillSteinmayer
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5 years ago

Love the kid with the scooter!

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jevais
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5 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
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5 years ago

reminds me of that monet painting

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Emily Jelassi
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4 years ago

love that it's clear enough that we can see what they used to wear

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jevais
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5 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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AngelaMcKeown
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5 years ago

that lady & child look like they are from the '50's

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CyrilDonMiouky
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5 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
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5 years ago

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

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AngelaMcKeown
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5 years ago

I think I saw this building in an old movie

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RobertStory
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5 years ago

Unexpected, extraordinary.

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