These Stunning Photos Taken Before 1920 Have Not Actually Been Colorized

Author Elizabeth Camden

Nowadays, taking pictures is very much the norm—even high-quality ones. With the technology of phones in this day and age, people hardly have to worry about a blurry picture anymore. Gone are the days of having to develop your photos—especially photos that don’t even have color in them.

If you look at your grandparents‘ photo albums, chances are most of them are going to be in black and white. Color photography only began to occur sometimes in the very early 1900s.

In 1907, the French Lumière brothers invented the Lumière Autochrome technique, which involved using several layers of glass plates that filter the light spectrum. However, this wasn’t for the everyday photograph of your kids. The process took a very long time and was often costly, meaning it was reserved for artistically posed photographs.

Author Elizabeth Camden recently posted a variety of colored photos taken between 1903-1920. However, she revealed that the color had actually been added in later by the Autochrome technique.

The photos she posted include pictures of Mark Twain, Monet, French soldiers, and a few other artsy photos that depicted life in rural Europe in the early 1900s. They’re truly breathtaking.

“All these pictures have been digitally cleaned up by Stuart Humphreys, who does amazing work sharpening the image, but the color is real,” she wrote. “Aren’t they all lovely?”

You can say that again! The photos are absolutely stunning—and you’d NEVER guess they weren’t colorized. Prepare to be amazed—here they are below.

  1. A Lovely, Pensive Young Lady

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

  2. A Soldier and Farm Girl

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

  3. The Girl By the Boat

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

  4. Sisters in Their Sunday Best

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

  5. One Big, Happy Family

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

  6. Mark Twain, A Few Years Before He Died

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

  7. La Cavalerie

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

  8. Monet in His Garden

    Posted by Author Elizabeth Camden on Thursday, 1 October 2020

How stunning are these photos? They truly take our breath away! Doesn’t it feel like you could’ve been there not too long ago?