Early 20th Century Paris In Amazing Color

September 28, 2013

Before the days of Photoshop, Instagram filters and instant home-editing software, there was little that could be done to adequately convey the energy, mood and spirit of a moment captured in time to its viewer. Enter the Lumiere brothers in 1903 and their invention of autochrome technology (a composite of black and white emulsion passed through a series of red, blue and green filters), and you’re that much closer to showcasing the depth and dimension of subjects immortalized by film. While the Lumiere brothers’ innovative method was abandoned in 1935 in favor of Kodachrome technology, they present a dreamy, serene and richly-saturated narrative on early 20th century Paris:

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Invalides

Invalides, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Jardin

Invalides, 1909.

53 Rue Cambon

53 rue Cambon, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Vendeuses

Vendeuses de Moules, 1920.

Early 20th Century Paris Saint Cloud

Porte de Saint Cloud, 1920.

Early 20th Century Paris Roquette

Rue de la Roquette, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Rambuteau

Rue Rambuteau, 1914.

Rue du Pot de Fer

Rue du Pot de Fer, 1914.

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III, 1914.

Early 20th Century Paris l'Ecole Polytechnique

Rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique, 1914.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame, 1920.

Boulevard Exelmans

Boulevard Exelmans, 1920.

Early 20th Century Paris Madeleine

Madeleine, 1914.

La Seine

The Seine, 1914.

Jardins du Trocadéro

Jardins du Trocadéro, 1920.

Hotel de Ville

Hôtel de Ville, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Pont de la Concorde

Pont de la Concorde, 1914.

Gobelins

Pathé Gobelins, 1918.

Trocadero

Trocadéro, 1937.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, 1912.

Avenue Hoche

Avenue Hoche, 1924.

Early 20th Century Paris Angle Boulevard

Angle Boulevard Raspail, 1914.

All images come courtesy of Paris 1914, which seeks to restore these rare photos to their original glory.

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