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Incredibly Rare Color Photos of Paris in the 1910s

Picturesque Paris in the 1910s was full of flower sellers, women with parasols, and interesting advertisements plastered across brick buildings. But, we don’t often get to see these scenes and especially not in color.

One unique archive of early color photography from the 1910s contains rare color images that capture the flavor of early 20th century Paris. The project was the brainchild of the French banker, architect, and philanthropist Albert Kahn. The images utilized a new technology at the time: the Autochrome Lumière. This color photography process utilized, among other things, soot and potato starch. The starch was dyed, giving color to the images, but also lending a hazy and grainy quality to the photos.

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