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   Undertoad  Friday Jun 4 12:57 AM

June 3, 2010: Early 1900s photography collection

Welcome to Iraq, maybe 95 years ago.

One of the early IotDs that I find people discovering, over and over, is the Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii collection, which showed up on the Internets in May 2001. Those were photos from 1907-1912 or so. It turns out the earliest color process was something called Autochrome, invented in 1907.

And so somebody set out to photograph the world in it, to document the world in color, as it was.

In the early part of the 20th century French-Jewish capitalist Albert Kahn set about to collect a photographic record of the world, the images were held in an 'Archive of the Planet'. Before the 1929 stock market crash he was able to amass a collection of 180,000 metres of b/w film and more than 72,000 autochrome plates.
They've put all this into a book, out of which a few select of the photos have been offered to tempt us.

(And then this blog collected 'em all on one page, for ease of use.)

And like the earlier Prokudin-Gorskii images, having these shots in color gives us so much more information.

For example, here's the most poignant of the WW1 images.

via Neatorama

JuancoRocks  Friday Jun 4 03:01 AM

Early 1900s photography.......

That is an amazing display of photographs from around the world.
It's almost as if time has stood still. The color process gives the pictures such life.
Thanks for the links......

SPUCK  Friday Jun 4 06:23 AM

Only one smile in all of them...

newtimer  Friday Jun 4 08:55 AM

The world was more attractive before we draped power and phone cables all over.

Any ideas what's going on in that photo from Mongolia, of a guy who is in a box out in the desert and sticking his arm out of the hole?

classicman  Friday Jun 4 09:33 AM

Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
Any ideas what's going on in that photo from Mongolia, of a guy who is in a box out in the desert and sticking his arm out of the hole?
Franny Wentzel: 7th May 2010 - 20:05 GMT

That picture appeared in the May '22 NatGeo with the caption 'A Mongolian Woman Condemned to Die of Starvation'

Trilby  Friday Jun 4 10:00 AM

I like the attractive Dutch couple.

TheDaVinciChode  Friday Jun 4 04:07 PM

Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post

Welcome to Iraq, maybe 95 years ago.
^ Iraq then. ^

v Iraq now. v

(God bless America. God bless "democracy.")

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