Photochrome prints of North America

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 USA and Canada. 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’.

Branding calves in Colorado, USA (detail)

A postcard depicting the branding of cattle in Colorado, USAThe Colorado river below the cascades (detail)

A postcard of the Colorado below the cascades, printed using the Aac processWabash Avenue in Chicago, USA

An old postcard depicting Wabash Avenue in Chicago, USA

Grain elevators on the Chicago river, USA

Historical photograph of ships loading grainThe Gardner river in what is now Yellowstone National Park

Historic photo of a coach and Gardner riverThe Statue of Liberty in New York, USA

An old postcard showing the Statuse of Liberty in New York, USA Illecillewaet Glacier in the Selkirk Mountains, Canada

An old postcard of a crevasse in Illecillewaet Glacier, CanadaWhirlpool Rapids, Canada

An old postcard of the Whirlpool Rapids, looking up at Niagara in CanadaIf you liked these pictures, check out additional photochroms of England, Ireland and the European continent.

8 August 2013

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