Photochrome prints of Europe

Photochrom or photochrome prints are a type of color prints that were very popular between 1890 and 1910. The photochrome process was mainly used to print postcards. Below is a collection of prints from various places in the European continent. I find these old historical photographs oddly compelling. They depict a world that has long gone in colors that are realistic but at the same time slightly ‘off’.

Milk sellers with a dog cart near Brussels, Belgium

A postcard of a dog cart near Brussels, Belgium - created using the Aac processThe beguinage of Bruges, Belgium

A postcard of the Beguinage of Bruges, Belgium - printed using the Aac processDam Square in Amsterdam, Holland

A postscard of Dam Square in Amsterdam, creating using the Aac process

Dutch kids in Marken Island, Netherlands

An old postcard of kids in Holland, printed using the Aac processTwo windmills in Holland

An old postcard of a typical landscape with mills in HollandCastle Neuschwanstein in Beiern, Germany

A postscard of the castle of Neuschwanstein, printed using the Aac process

The  baroque lower castle of Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel, Germany

Historic photograph of the Wilhelmshohe lower castle in Cassel, GermanyChalets on the island of Sylt, Germany

Historic photograph of chalets on the island of Sylt in GermanyPark Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark

A postscard of Park Tivoli in Copenhagen, printed using the Aac processStalheim Hotel in Hardanger Fjord, Norway

A postscard showing the Stalheim hotel in Norway, printed using the Aac processA hotel in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

An old postcard from Switzerland, created using the Aac processThe harbor and cathedral of Marseille, France

An old postcard of the harbor of Marseille, FranceThe ‘Exposition Universelle 1900’ in Paris, France

An old postcard of the Palais des Nations in Paris, FranceA gallery of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France

An old postcard of a gallery of the Louvre museum in Paris, FranceMont Saint-Michel in France

An old postcard of the Mont Saint=Michel in France, created using the Aac processIf you are as fascinated by these pictures as I am, check out the pages with photochroms of England, North America and of sailing boats and steamers.

8 August 2013

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