History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

21 April, 2012

Life in Early Colour

It's amazing how easy it is to picture the past in black and white. Even when we know of course it was as colourful as today, it's still striking to come across the shots that demonstrate this. Somehow colour makes it feel so much nearer. World War One in colour has a different effect than World War One in black and white

We've seen artistically arranged early colour photographs; today, everyday life from c.1900s to 1920s in full colour. From the collections of George Eastman House.

A woman and boy in a chair, c. 1915. Source

A woman and flowers, c. 1915. Source

Children and teachers, c. 1910. Source

A woman in red dress, c. 1915. Source

Silver Lake,1907-1932. Source

Women with a Happy Easter/Buy Kodak sign, c. 1917. Source

Seneca pool, 1924 (love the caps!). Source

A woman in a greenhouse, c.1910. Source

A girl with dolls, c. 1910. Source

The Palace of Horticulture at the Pan American Exposition in San Francisco, 1915. Source

A woman on a rock in a garden, c. 1910-15. Source

A man and his dogs, c. 1915. Source

Foolish House at the Ontario Beach Park, 1910. Source

Letchworth State Park, New York, c. 1915. Source

An urban outdoor market, c. 1910. Source

A woman in costume, c. 1915. Source

A row of young women, 1907-1932. Source

A popular beach, c. 1915. Source

A baby, c. 1915. Source

Swimmers at Fine View, 1907-1932. Source

A young couple, c. 1920. Source

Charles Zoller with his bicycle, c. 1920. Source

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