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Old 12-24-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Dec 24th 2014: The first colour photographs of America



Mulberry Street, New York.

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A new book, An American Odyssey by Marc Walter, features hundreds of the first colour photographs of the United States.
The rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images were produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924.
Not colour photographs as such. I understand that they were B&W images which where converted to colour by the Photocrom process.

Several more here: Daily Telegraph.
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:08 PM   #2
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I'm always impressed by techniques, such as lithography, that require such precision in the registry of multiple images.

Just think, if computer (screen display) images had been invented first, no one would have ever come up with lithography !
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What Impressed me about this, It takes a Brit to point at this for us gringos.
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Old 12-25-2014, 04:39 AM   #4
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Beautiful.

One of the things I love about photos of this time is how much people lived their lives on the streets of big cities.

Looks not too dissimilar to London at the time - this would have been just before, or just as, New York overtook London as the metropolis of the modern world.
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Old 12-25-2014, 05:02 AM   #5
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Beautiful.

One of the things I love about photos of this time is how much people lived their lives on the streets of big cities.

Looks not too dissimilar to London at the time - this would have been just before, or just as, New York overtook London as the metropolis of the modern world.
At first glance I thought it was London, until I noticed that they were driving on the wrong side of the road.

Having looked at Mulberry Street on Street View, it would probably still be recognisable to any of those souls pictured. I haven't managed to find the exact location, as it is a very long road.

If any Dwellar has the inclination, and time, to pin down the exact spot, please post. Ta!

Mulberry Street. Street View.

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Old 12-25-2014, 09:26 AM   #6
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LOCATION: It could be about 112 Mulberry Street looking West toward Hester. Build on Northwest corner looks very close but rebuilt. https://maps.google.com/maps?output=classic&dg=oo
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:33 AM   #7
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LOCATION: It could be about 112 Mulberry Street looking West toward Hester. Build on Northwest corner looks very close but rebuilt. https://maps.google.com/maps?output=classic&dg=oo
Ah! Thanks for that!

It looks to be the place, especially as the street begins to curve to the left in the distance. Unfortunately your link doesn't work so I've taken the liberty of re-posting it here.

112 Mulberry Street, New York.
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What a difference a year or two makes. Here is the US Google Street View in Sept 2014, at this link:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7152...lw!2e0!6m1!1e1





...based on the buildings at the right, but now there is a park on the left.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:46 AM   #9
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In today's world of ubiquitous sneaky little cameras, it is interesting that pretty near everyone on the street knew their pic was about to be snapped.
The awning on the right has "84," which should help pin down the location.
Emporis (whatever that is) has the structure as three stories, 33 feet tall and built in 1910:
http://www.emporis.com/building/84-m...rk-city-ny-usa

I love old postcards!
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Old 12-28-2014, 02:12 AM   #10
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It's obvious why they know.

A sneaky little camera won't do the job.
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