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 Post subject: Bringing the 1890s back to life… in colour!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:13 pm 
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Bringing the 1890s back to life… in colour! Beautiful photochrome images shed fascinating new light on tourist hotspots around the world more than a hundred years ago
Images were reproduced from black and white negatives using early photochrome technique pioneered in the 1880s
In an era before colour photography was widely available, they offer a new insight into tourism over 100 years ago
The stunning photographs are on display at the Swiss Camera Museum in the town of Vevey until August 21
By JULIAN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 05:40 EST, 5 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:41 EST, 5 July 2016



These beautiful pictures show tourist hotspots around the world while colour photography was first being developed more than a hundred years ago.

The images were reproduced from black and white negatives using the early photochrome technique pioneered in the 1880s by the Swiss chemist Hans Jakob Schmid.

In an era before colour photography was widely available, they shed new light on global destinations in the 1890s with pictures showing street food in Naples in Italy, the Marble Boat at Summer Palace in Peking, China and camel drivers in the Syrian desert. They are on display in an exhibition called 'A Tour of the World in Photochrome' at the Swiss Camera Museum in the town of Vevey until August 21.

Photochrome was a complex system where a photographer would take detailed notes of the colours present when the picture was being taken. Black and white negatives were then hand coloured using limestone printing stones as colours required in the final image.

Schmid worked at the Orell Füssli Printing Company in Zurich, which took out a patent for this process in 1888 and founded the company Photoglob Zurich.

The images enjoyed immediate global success but the process dwindled in popularity during the First World War following the arrival on the market of the first colour photography techniques.


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A beautiful set of pictures is going on display showing some of the world's best known destinations in vivid more than a hundred years ago. People are pictured eating street food in the Strada del Porto in Naples, Italy in 1899

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Tourist hotspot: The ornate Marble Boat is pictured at the Summer Palace in Peking, China some time between 1889 and 1911

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Camel drivers are pictured in the Syrian desert, 1895. Black and white negatives were then hand coloured using limestone printing stones as colours required in the final image

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The images were injected with colour using a technique to transform black and white negatives. One of the images, taken in 1893, shows the Hotel Riffelhaus at Riffelberg in Switzerland with a stunning view of the Matterhorn

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Photographers took detailed notes of the colour at the scene so the images could be transformed later. The technique was used on this photo showing boats in the city of Lucerne, taken some time between 1889 and 1902

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Another picture shows The 'Château de Chillon' on the banks of Lake Geneva with views of the Dents-du-Midi mountains in Switzerland

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In another fascinating colour photo, port workers row out to meet a cruise ship arriving off the coast of Algiers in Algeria in 1896

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A picture taken in Russia's capital, Moscow more than a hundred years ago shows the river that runs through the city and the Kremlin in the background


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Pictures from around the world were transformed to show tourist hotspots in colour. One of the images shows the Old Port area of Marseille in France

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The use of the photochrome technique brought new life to this image of a steam train emerging from a tunnel in the Swiss mountains in March 1901

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This coastal scene, taken between 1889 and 1911, shows the Eddystone Lighthouse at Plymouth in Devon. The images are on display at the Swiss Camera Museum in the town of Vevey until 21 August

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A man and a child walk along a stream running through the Old Town in the city of Biskra, Algeria in another picture transformed by colour more than a hundred years ago

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Already hundreds of years old, this photograph captures some of Netherland's oldest windmills in Zaandam circa 1890. Now one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, the collection of windmills were built after 1574

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Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North, Bruges in Belgium (pictured above captured in photochrome taken circa 1900) has retained much of its old world charm with the historic city named a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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A colossal cave in the Supphellebreen Glacier, in western Norway is captured in 1896 and displayed at the Swiss Camera Museum

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Whaling is still practised in Norway, despite a 1986 International Whaling Commission ban. Above fishermen of the Skaarö Whaling Company in Karlsoy with their catch in Norway 1899

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The Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark was opened in 1848 and was the first public museum building in Denmark. It was built to house sculpture's by Bertel Thorvaldsen - this photochrome picture was taken in 1896

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Documented by a keen travel photographer more than a century ago, water-pipe smokers sit in front of a coffee house in Istanbul, Turkey in 1897

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The oldest in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia is the Mosque of El-Zituna in Tunis, is recorded as a colourful social centre in 1896

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Europe's largest waterfalls at The Rhine Falls, Switzerland have crashed over rock for hundreds of years. Here it is circa 1890

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The St Mark's Square and the Basilica in Venice, Italy built in the 9th century, frequently floods now as it's built not far above sea level. Above it is bone dry when it was recorded circa 1895

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It remains a classic tourist spot since a Volcano fossilised the city in Roman times. Above, Fortuna Street in Pompei, Italy, circa 1900

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The exhibition includes this rare insight into the clothes, and soft furnishings of women in Algeria taken in 1899

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The market in Sidi Okba, Algeria is documented in 1896. The town was founded by pilgrims in the name of a man named Sidi Okba who died nearby

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The ringed fortress, or Munot of Switzerland's Schaffhausen was captured on film in 1893 (above). The 16th century fortification remains surrounded by vineyards to this day

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A designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Porto's Praça da Ribeira has been a central trading point since the middle ages. Now home to restaurants and tourists, a more agricultural scene was captured circa 1903

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Built in the 18th century, the Canal Grande of Trieste in north western Italy, is now more likely to see speedboats on its waterways but in 1897 (above) was still used as a waterway to trade directly with the city centre

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The Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy has spanned the water since it was rebuilt in stone at the end of the 16th century. Classic gondola's punt down the canal, colourfully captured circa 1895 and is on display at the Swiss Camera Museum


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:43 pm 
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Venice and Lake Geneva don't look much different than they do today

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Those are awesome - really take on the look and feel of a painting (which, I suppose, technically they kind of are).

Been looking for some artwork. Now I know how to target my search!

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