Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sepia Saturday: Photochrome






A little color, 1890s style, from around the world.





Women of the Caucacus - Library of Congress Collection LC-DIG-ppmsc -03930



Traveling by Reindeer, Archangel, Russia - Library of Congress Collection - hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsc.03931


Distinguished Moorish Women, Algiers - Library of Congress Collection (LC-DIG-ppmsc-05553)



Photochrome prints are colorized images produced from black and white photo negatives that are directly transferred onto lithographic printing plates. The process was invented in the 1880s by Hans Jakob Schmid (1856 - 1924). It was popular in the 1890s, when color photography was in existence but still commercially impractical.





11 comments:

Christine H. said...

The colors on these are wonderful and the photos themselves are exotic and beautiful.

barbara and nancy said...

So much prettier than Kodachrome!
Barbara

Kristin said...

I really like these. we had an old encyclopedia that had illustrations like these. those pillows look so comforatable but i'd have a hard time getting up out of them.

Postcardy said...

Nice pictures. I was never sure what photochrome meant.

MuseSwings said...

Beautiful! The last picture almost looks too perfect to be a photo - the interactive poses, the intricate clothing and furnishings. It's just amazingly lovely!

Tattered and Lost said...

They're all gorgeous, but that last one is simply stunning.

Boonie S said...

Fascinating post. Great photos. Thanks for sharing this.

All the best, Boonie

Ms. Becky said...

I LOVE looking at these. all the detail and gorgeous color. that last one is a WOW.

Little Nell said...

Wonderful pictures; the last one looks like a Pre-Raphaelite painting,probably Holman-Hunt.

TICKLEBEAR said...

what a beautiful find!!
thanx 4 sharing.
:)~
HUGZ

L. D. Burgus said...

It really does make them to be so three dimensional. I really was surprised to see them when the first popped up on the screen.