The world has changed a lot over the last century. 100 years ago there were hardly any cars on the road, mobile phones and computers were a distant dream, air planes were the new scientific advancement and ideas like the internet were probably not even thought of. In short, human lives were completely different. Well here we bring you a sneak peek into the world of the early 20th century. And don’t worry, it’s not in black and white.
Christina In Red, 1913
One of the most popular images on this list. This image sparked a fervent search on social media for the identity of the girl in the photo. After much ado, and several rumors, it was found that Christina’s parents were friends with the photographer. Christina’s full name was Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan. She was born in Harrow on 8 March, 1897 and died in 1981.
Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914
This image of a pretty girl selling flowers on the streets of Paris almost makes us forget that this was the year that the world witnessed the First World War. To think, in just a few months all of Europe would be plagued with a terrible war. It really puts things in perspective.
Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925
Heinz and Eva are the children of Friedrich Adolf Paneth and Else Hartmann, a couple from Austria. This was one of the photos the couple took on their travels between 1912 and 1938. With the rise of Nazism in Germany, the couple decided to become British citizens.
Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911
This picture of two adorable girls, wearing matching outfits, sitting in the open and tying a bunch of roses together is a very sweet reflection of a much simpler time. Today, young children their age are rarely outside with nature and spend most of their time in front of their gadgets.
Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914
The birthplace of modern can-can dance, Moulin Rouge is one of the most famous cabaret’s in the world. This picture was taken in 1914 and in less than a year this historic place was destroyed by a fire. It was rebuilt in 1921 after the end of the world war.
This image of a young woman sitting in the wild, wearing a pretty green dress was taken back in the year 1909. It was incidentally the year when the Manhattan Bridge was completed. The image has been titled Daydreams as the woman appears to be daydreaming, or maybe posing for a painter.
Musing (Mrs. A. Van Besten), C. 1910
Alfonse Van Basten was a Belgian painter who lived from 1865 to 1928. His autochromes were some of his most popular work. This piece, titled Musing, is a portrait shot of his wife. This photograph of his wife holding their dog in her lap is indeed a great work of art. He and his friend were both acclaimed for their work in autochromes and their lectures at Dutch photography societies.
The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914
If there ever was a building that was synonymous to architectural marvels. 1914 was the year that marked 25 years of the completion of this tower. While this structure is primarily known for its beauty, it also served an important purpose in World War I which broke out in the same year as this picture was taken. A radio transmitter located in the tower jammed German radio communications, seriously hindering their advance on Paris and contributing to the Allied victory at the First Battle of the Marne.
A Girl Holds A Doll Next To Soldiers’ Equipment In Reims, France, 1917
This picture was taken at the height of World War I in France. The juxtaposition of childhood innocence with the horrors of war is a heart wrenching reality of life. While the world struggled to get over the terrible ordeal, childhood innocence was one of the few things that reminded us that we were a civilization.
The Grenata Street Army, 1915
Another photograph taken in the middle of the First World War in France. Leon Gimpel, a Jewish photographer, who befriended some street kids and choreographed them into a bunch of photographs showing the kids fighting evil German Nazis. This photograph is testament to the fact that even in the middle of a war, no one can destroy an idea.
Among The First Coloured Pictures Ever Taken By Louis Lumière, 1907
Louis Lumiere was a French engineer and industrialist who played a key role in the development of photography and cinema, especially colored photos. Along with his brother Auguste they developed a system called the Cinématographe motion picture system. They were responsible for the birth of cinema.
Two Girls On A Balcony, 1908
Etheldreda Janet Laing took this autochrome image of her daughters leaning on a balcony. The smaller girl is seen carrying a dog under one arm. Etheldreda Laing studied art in Cambridge and became an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Autochrome was one of the first methods of colored photography and was highly popular.
Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, C. 1912
Another image taken by Alfonse Van Basten showcases his acute sense of composition. This photo of a young girl standing in the middle of marguerites is a testament to his skill and ability to capture life in its true essence. His work gives you a unique window into life back then.
Air Balloons, Paris, 1914
Paris has often been termed as a photographer’s favorite city. Its gorgeous architecture and rich culture was specially favored during the early 20th century as color photography was just starting to take off. This picture of air balloons in Paris, at what appears to be an exhibit for planes and hot air balloons, is an example of that.
Charlie Chaplin, 1918
One of the most renowned actors of the 20th century, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, also known as Charlie Chaplin, was a man who rarely ever spoke on screen, but has let his performances talk for generations. His movies like Modern Times, The Great Dictator and The Kid have immortalized this man in British cinema.
Autochrome Of Mark Twain, 1908
Often referred to as the father of American literature, Mark Twain is one of the most influential writers of his time. His works like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Mysterious Stranger bought him international fame and recognition. He passed away 2 years after this picture was taken.
Christina In Red, 1913
This is another photograph of Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan. This time the angle of the photograph is different, but the 16 year old still looks pretty. This time she is staring into the distance, a pose that people use even today to take candid pictures. This photo was probably well ahead of its time!
Outdoor Market, Paris, 1914
The flea market that was operated in the streets of Paris was so popular that it attracted a lot of shoppers. Natives say that these markets are still in operation in Paris, if you know where to find them, that is. The rich culture and history related to these markets would be incredible!
Woman Smoking Opium, 1915
This is photo of a woman indulging in opium using a lavish gilt opium-smoking layout amidst opulent surroundings. This famous photograph was taken by Leon Busy in French Indochina, modern day Vietnam. The elaborate set up shows just how much of an influence opium had on the culture.
Two Girls In Oriental Costume, 1908
Janet and Iris in Japanese costumes. The two sisters were photographed by their own mother, the photographer Etheldreda Laing. The older daughter, Janet, was 12 years old at the time while Iris was 7. They both have flowers in their hair, and are dressed in typical geisha ‘Shimada’ fashion. More flower stems lie across their robes.
Van Besten Painting In His Garden, 1912
As mentioned earlier, Van Besten enjoyed his artwork. Here he can be seen painting a beautiful portrait in a garden. The tableaux of his autochromes are often bucolic and romantic. This is one such pastoral display of his photography.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar, 1913
This photograph was taken by Auguste Leion. This bridge was constructed in the 16th century by the Ottomans. It was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557. However, in 1993, during the Croat-Bosniak war, the bridge was destroyed by the Croat forces. It was eventually rebuilt, and it reopened in 2004.
Eva And Heinz On The Shore Of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, C. 1927
This is in continuation of the aforementioned Friedrich Adolf Paneth and Else Hartmann. They took this picture of their kids at the shore of the fourth largest lake in Switzerland, while they travelled through the region in the 1920s.
Girl In A Garden With Hollyhocks, 1908
Another magnificent piece of work by Etheldreda Janet Laing. Hollyhocks tower looks over the young girl, who is Etheldreda’s daughter wearing a sun bonnet, as she stands in the sunny garden. As a young woman, Laing studied art in Cambridge and became an enthusiastic amateur photographer.
Sweden, Near Gagnef (Mother And Daughter In Traditional Clothes), 1910
Albert Kahn, a wealthy French banker and philanthropist, decided he wanted to commission a photographic “archive of the planet”. This photograph is a part of that series that collected pictures from all over the globe. Here a mother and her daughters can be seen dressed in traditional Swedish clothes near the tiny town of Gagnef.
Else Reading By The Nile, 1920
This is a photograph of Else Hartmann, wife of Friedrich Adolf Paneth, who took this photograph. Their adventures through Europe also extended to parts of Africa. Since the couple honeymooned in Cairo, this could be taken in Egypt.
Woman And Girl By A Brook, 1910
This is a photograph of a woman and a girl sitting in the woods by a brook. The image has often been mistaken for a painting. However, this classic vintage photograph of these two women wearing colorfully flowered hats, is indeed a photograph. The fact that people mistake it for a painting is just a testament to the vision of the photographer.
Family Portrait At Roannay, Belgium, 1913
This is a family portrait taken by Georges Gilon, a Belgian autochromist. He was a wool trader at Verviers in Belgium. He was married to Maria Nokin who bore him 4 children. In this shot, you can see his extended family and his wife and children. Gilon was a gifted wood worker.
The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham, 1910
John Cimon Warburg took this incredible shot of the Neptune Fountain in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. It depicts the Greek god Neptune riding a chariot drawn by four sea-horses and heralded by conch-shell blowing merman. Purported to have been modelled as an ode to the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, the Neptune Fountain sits outside the Municipal Buildings on The Promenade.
An Autochrome Of Two Sisters, 1908
Another shot taken by Etheldreda Janet Laing. An autochrome of two sisters, daughters of the photographer, together in a garden on a hot summer’s day. The family home where these pictures were taken was known as Bury Knowle.
Apan (Young Samurai), 1912
This is another shot from the collection commissioned by Albert Kahn. Here we can see a young man dressed as a Samurai. Samurais were the hereditary military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan from the 12th century to their abolition in the 1870s.
Autochrome Of Else Paneth On A Camel, 1913
The travels of Else Paneth and her husband continue with this shot of her riding a camel while traveling through a desert in Africa. A number of local children can also be seen in the image. It sure is a fascinating view of the early 20th century.
Japan, Kyoto, 1912
This image of 3 Japanese women dressed in traditional attire, in what appears to be a garden, is an intriguing and impressive testament of the rich culture of the orient. The women are dressed in rather simple Kimonos and have their hair in a traditional Japanese style bun.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 1912
Another image commissioned by Auguste Leon, this one shows the scene from a marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sarajevo is the capital of the country and is the political, financial, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion and the arts.
Mother Of Seven Making Fringes For Knitted Shawls, Galway, Ireland, 29 May 1913
This photo taken by Marguerite Mespoulet and Madeleine Mignon-Alba showcases an Irish mother of seven, making fringes for knitted shawls. The Irish heritage is clearly visible in this amazing shot. Two French women documented Ireland in 1913 as part of an international project called “the Archives of the Planet.”
Louis Lumière’s Daughter And Her Dolls, 1913
Louis Lumière, as mentioned before, is considered the father of colored photography. His daughter looks adorable with all these dolls in her room. Incidentally Louis Lumière was awarded with a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lanchester 38hp Tourer, 1913
The Lancaster 38hp Tourer was a vehicle made by the Lancaster Motor Company in Birmingham, which was in production between 1910 and 1914. It was designed by the youngest brother, George Lanchester assisted by Frederick Lanchester acting as a consultant which was a reversal of their previous roles.
Porte Saint Denis, Paris, 1914
The photograph by Heinrich Stürzl was taken from the Albert Kahn museum. The Porte Saint-Denis is a Parisian monument located in the 10th arrondissement, at the site of one of the gates of the Wall of Charles V, one of Paris’ former city walls. It is located at the crossing of the Rue Saint-Denis continued by the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, with the Boulevard de Bonne-Nouvelle and the Boulevard Saint-Denis.
Joan In Red Riding Hood Cape With Basket, 1907
Another photograph taken by John Cimon Warburg. Here, little Joan can be seen dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood, the beloved character from the fairy tales. The adorable little girl looks incredibly sweet standing next to a flowery bush.
Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910
Autochromes are transparent images on glass, similar to lantern slides. This image was taken by Etheldreda Laing and this little girl, who’s sitting on the ledge of the balcony, is probably one of her daughters. In later life Etheldreda painted miniatures and joined the Royal Miniature Society.
Girl With A Parasol Sitting On A Bench, 1908
Another one from Etheldreda’s collection. This is her daughter Iris, looking incredibly adorable and picturesque with that red umbrella and sitting on the bench with a cushion on the other end. The amount of detail in that shot is incredible, considering color photography was just taking off!
Giant Oranges, Paris, 1914
Yet another picture from the Albert Kahn collection. These giant inflatable oranges in the middle of Paris are surprising, considering weird inflatable stuff seems like a rather contemporary idea. To think, in a few months a huge war would break out all over Europe and yet all these lives go on unchanged.
Egypt, Giza, 1913
Abert Kahn’s collection of pictures from around the world really does hold some true masterpieces. This photograph of the Sphinx and the pyramid at Giza is truly breathtaking. The Sphinx is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile.
Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913
This picture of the city of Galway in Ireland, from the Albert Kahn collection, shows 3 women with 2 kids. During the late 18th century the noble families of the city were ruined. And the potato famines of 1845-52 further caused sufferance in the city. It was in the late 20th century that the city started recovering its economy.
An Autochrome Of Etheldreda Janet Laing’s Daughter In A Garden, Holding A Bunch Of Pink Flowers, 1908
Here you can see Etheldreda Laing’s daughter posing with some really bright and pretty flowers. While a lot might have changed over the last 100 years, a mother’s obsession with taking pictures of her dressed up kids has not. Neither has the attitude of the kids towards getting their pictures taken it seems.
Mongolia, Near Ulaanbaatar (Buddhist Lama), 1913
Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia. It is the country’s cultural, industrial and financial heart, the centre of Mongolia’s road network and is connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system. While the city has developed tremendously, the area around it remains much the same. It is still an epicenter of Buddhist monasticism. You can still see monks riding horses in the area.
Traditional Irish Knitwear, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913 (Left), 14 Year Old Girl From The Claddagh Wearing Traditional Claddagh Dress, Galway, Ireland, 26th May 1913 (Right)
These images, which represent the first ever color photographs taken in Ireland, were taken in 1913 by two French women, Marguerite Mespoulet and Madeleine Mignon-Alba, who used newly available autochrome color plates. The Claddagh was a fishing village close to the centre of Galway city. The girl in the photo is Main Ní Tuathail.
Lunch Of A French Soldier In Front Of A Damaged Library, 1st April 1917
This is a photograph taken at the height of Word War I. Here, a French solider can be seen having his lunch in front of a library that has been damaged. He is sitting at a lamp post in a square in Reims with his bicycle next to him.
Metro, Paris, 1914
Here, a bunch of soldiers can be seen standing outside a metro station in Paris. This appears to be from the days building up to World War I. The metro service in Paris has been functioning since 1900 and today over 4 million people use it on a daily basis.
Margate Beach, Blue Girl , 1915
Another photograph from John Cimon Warburg. Here we can see a young girl playing on the beach, being watched by her parents, as their dog enjoys a beach day. Margate beach in Kent, South East England is a very popular tourist spot and has been a leading holiday resort for the last 250 years.
The Family At The Lake, 1925
This one is from the adventures of the Paneth family. We can see the family enjoying a vacation by a lake, in what appears to be the Alps. The Paneth family seemed to have a lot of fun during those trips all across Europe.
Palace Of Horticulture, Pan American Exposition, 1915
While the photographer of this particular photograph is not known, it has been taken from the George Eastman Museum. The Pan Pacific Exposition was a grand celebration of human spirit and ingenuity, with a liberal dash of nationalism and civic promotion thrown in.
Highland Castle, Scotland, 1920
Scotland is full of castles and here we can see one out in the countryside. A Highlander cow can be seen grazing and roaming in the pasture. Highlander Cows are native to the region and are highly picturesque.
Mrs Warburg, 1915
If you ever thought that it’s only your spouse that reacts badly to having their picture taken, you are clearly wrong. Look at this picture, taken by John Cimon Warburg, of Mrs Warburg. While she’s holding a parasol, and wearing a pretty dress while holding a bunch of pretty flowers, she looks less than enthusiastic about her picture being taken.
St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice, 1925
Another one of Friedrich Paneth’s work, this is a picture of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello.
Market Stalls Outside An Egyptian Ruin, 1913
Egypt is a country of rich culture and an extremely intriguing history. Here, the Paneth family had gone to a market at one of the ruin sites. Local sellers can be seen selling souvenirs and necklaces signifying the local cultures.
Children By The Breakwater, 1908
John Cimon Warburg’s family can be seen enjoying the breakwater on a family day out. John Warburg used to suffer with asthma, so he quit his private job to concentrate on his budding love for photography.
Galway, Ireland, 1913
Another autochrome from the early 20th century from the Albert Kahn collection. These images, which represent the first ever colour photographs taken in Ireland, were taken in 1913 by two French women, Marguerite Mespoulet and Madeleine Mignon-Alba.
India, Bombay (Sadhus), 1913
This shot of Sadhus in India showcases a time when the country was under the British rule. These religious men often practice celibacy, non possession and penance.
Autochrome Of A Young Girl, 1910
Etheldreda Liang loved taking pictures of her daughters, Janet and Iris and here is a picture of her youngest daughter holding a bunch of flowers and wearing a cute hat.
Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914
This street vendor, selling pretty flowers, standing in front of a colorful ad of Zig Zag paper cigarette, is a glimpse at the life just before the Great War. There’s also an ad for the Tivoli – Vauxhall cinema house in Paris.
Peggy In The Garden, 1909
This photograph of a young girl called Peggy standing next to what appears to be an orange tree in a garden, was taken by John Warburg. It is surprising to see that these pictures have survived and still look so good even after 100 years, despite there being no way to preserve them digitally for so long.
The Younger Girl Stands Beside Her Sister Holding A Pink Parasol. The Older Girl Rests Her Bonnet On Her Lap, 1908
The two daughters of Etheldreda Laing posing together with a parasol for their mother. Sisterly love is a beautiful thing and here we see the strong bond between the two siblings.
Stagecoaches At Ghent, 1912
Ghent is a port city in Belgium. During both the World Wars, Ghent was occupied by the Germans. However, this is a scene of the city before any wars occurred. These are stagecoaches in the city that were used for both transportation and carrying goods.
Staithes Harbor, 1915
The Staithes Harbor is a harbor near the seaside village of Staithes in the Scarborough region of North Yorkshire, England. This image was taken during the middle of the World War. Here we can see a bunch of boats docked in the harbor and some people in the background.
Two Fishermen And A Boy, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913
This photograph of two fisherman and a kid was taken in the village of Spideal near the shore of Galway in Ireland. They appear to be three generations of the same family.
At The Entrance To The Pyramid Of Menkare, 1913
The smallest of the three pyramids at Giza, it was said to be built to serve as the tomb of the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh, Menkaure. Here, Elsa Paneth, the wife of Friedrich Paneth, can be seen sitting on a stone at the entrance of the pyramid.
A Rusty Buoy, 1908
This was a time when we used metallic buoys instead of the plastic ones that we use today. They were a lot heavier than the ones that we have today. It’s amazing to see how far we have come.
One Legged Man, Paris, 1914
Though this image was probably taken before the start of the World War, it gives a glimpse at the horrors to come. The man, who looks like a decorated soldier, is missing a leg.
Lumiere Brothers, The Game Of Billiards, 1907
The Lumiere brothers were the ones responsible for the birth of the concept of autochrome color photography. Brothers Auguste and Louis can be seen here enjoying a game of billiards. It looks like they are enjoying their own invention as well.
Galway, Ireland, 1913
Five women here are seen sitting near a rocky tent like structure, in what appears to be a moor like region in the area. The region’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music.
Shepherd’s Boy, C. 1913
Van Besten was an early adopter of the Lumière brothers’ photographic process, by which color was replicated through compressed pieces of dyed starch. His portraits are superbly composed and artfully created, with a sense of spectacle and drama.
The Kiosk Of Philae, 1913
The Trajan’s Kiosk at Philae is a hypaethral temple located on Agilkia Island in Old Aswan Dam reservoir, southern Egypt. The edifice was originally built on the island of Philae, near the lower Aswan Dam, and served as the main entrance from the river Nile.
Oranges In Uhlený Trh (“Coal Market Square”), Prague, 1910
The coal market square in Prague, Czech Republic, was a busy market area of the city. Here local vendors are selling some fresh oranges that look incredibly delicious.
Eva Poses After A Successful Hunt In Scotland, C. 1920
Eva, the daughter of Friedrich and Else Paneth, can be seen holding her prey in her hand after shooting it down. She looks pretty proud of her accomplishment.
Senegalese Soldiers Serving In The French Army As Infantrymen, Are Resting In A Room With Guns And Equipment Next To Them, 16th June 1917
The French army had employed Senegalese soldiers in the first World War and here they can be seen taking a break. Several major European countries deployed soldiers from their colonies all over the globe.
Man With Book Sitting In Chair, 1915
While this photograph of a man reading a book looks rather dignified, it has in fact been used as a meme. The world sure has changed a lot over the last 100 years.
Horse, Paris, 1914
Horse-drawn carriages were often used back in the day for transportation of people and goods. This old time photograph shows just how much simpler life was even with a World War.
Eiffel Tower, River View, Paris, 1914
This incredible view of one of the most important man made structures in all of Europe. The riverside seems to be home to some sort of vegetable patch or garden.
Two Girls At The Gate, 1915
The two girls standing at the gate with their adorable dresses and puffy hats seem like the daughters of John Cimon Warburg. They would make for an amazing postcard. Warburg’s work with autochromes was indeed intriguing.
Cafe La Tasse, Paris, 1914
Cafe La Tasse appears to be a popular spot back in the 20th century Paris. The walls seem to be covered completely in advertisements. Looks like a good spot to get a cup of joe.
Autochrome Of A French Military Cemetery, 1916
The picture sheds some light on the horrible reality of the great war. The loss of life all across the globe was unfathomable. The war took a toll on the lives of so many people, even those that weren’t directly involved.
Woman In Floral Silk Robe, 1915
This pretty lady appears to be wearing a pao, which is a floral woman’s robe. The image looks a lot like a painting, but that is probably due to the process of autochromes.
The Temple Of Dor El-Medine, 1913
It is an ancient Egyptian village which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, during the 18th to 20th dynasties of the New Kingdom of Egypt. The settlement’s ancient name was Set maat “The Place of Truth”, and the workmen who lived there were called “Servants in the Place of Truth”.
Italian Riviera, 1910
What an amazingly picturesque shot! The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera, is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines.
Drunk Man Sleeping On City Street, Paris, 1914
Well there are some things that never change. Even over 100 years later you can still find a few drunk men sleeping in the streets of the city. However, you might not get a line of horse-drawn carriages in the background.
Woman Sitting In Library, 1915
Libraries now seem like a thing of the past. You just don’t see enough people going to libraries anymore, unless they want to use the free Wi-Fi or the restrooms.
Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (Prisoner), 1913
One could argue that the prison systems have changed a lot over the last 100 years in more civilized parts of the world, but we all know prisons are hellish places. This prisoner has been shackled with a huge chain which is completely inhumane
Girl With A Bucket, 1915
British cliff side photographs have a tendency of looking hauntingly melancholic. Here, John Cimon Warburg takes a photograph of his daughter playing at the beach with the cliffs in the background.
A Small Customer, 1915
This young girl, probably one of the Warburg kids, is buying meat from a butchers. This cute little customer continues to go about her life while most of Europe was engaged in war.
Lady And Fruit Dish, 1920
Paul Sano, the photographer of this image, remained unmarried all his life. A general practitioner in Antwerp, whose interests lay in exploring the limits of the autochrome process, created collages and experimented with multiple exposures and micro-photography.
Autochrome Photo By Cdt Tournassoud, 1910
This picture of Austrian Jägers in a battlefield is a historic document. Jägers were skirmishers, scouts, sharpshooters and runners. By the early twentieth century, Jäger units were part of the Imperial German, Austro-Hungarian, Swedish, Dutch and Norwegian armies.
Washing And Bleaching, 1912
A lot of people describe autochromes as dream like, considering they are not very clear and looked a lot like paintings. Autochromes required longer exposure times than traditional black-and-white photos, resulting in images with a hazy, blurred atmosphere filled with dots of color.
Autochrome Of French Soldiers Operating Machine Guns During The Second Battle Of The Aisne, 1917
The second battle of Aisne was the main part of the Nivelle Offensive, a Franco-British attempt to inflict a decisive defeat on the German armies in France. Here, French soldiers can be seen using a machine gun to hunt down aerial targets, such as combat airplanes.
The Last Digger, 1910
This particular cliff side beach has featured in several of John Cimon Warburg’s photograph. We can see the cart tracks all along the beach, which were there because seaweeds were commercially harvested at low tide for fields.
The Butcher’s Shop, 1915
Butchers all across the globe were supremely important during the first World War because food items had to be rationed properly. During a time of crisis, everyday things became essential.
On The Sands, 1910
The beaches in 1910 seemed to be a popular destination for fun. The kids are having fun playing in the sand and adults are sitting on beach chairs. Some things never change.
Morocco, Benguerir, 1912
Ben Guerir is the capital of Rehamna Province in central Morocco, in the Marrakech-Safi region. Today, Ben Guerir is an air force base. However, in this old picture, it appears to be a quaint little village.