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The finished photochromes were produced using at least six different tint stones, although many more were often used. Here: Street food in the Strada del Porto in Naples, Italy, 1899. (Photo by Swiss Camera Museum/The Guardian)

Photochromes are vibrant and nuanced prints hand-coloured from black-and-white negatives. Created using a process pioneered in the 1880s, these images offer a fascinating insight into the world when colour photography was still in its infancy. A Tour of the World in Photochromes is at the Swiss Camera Museum, Vevey, until 21 August. Here: Street food in the Strada del Porto in Naples, Italy, 1899. (Photo by Swiss Camera Museum/The Guardian)
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07 Jul 2016 10:56:00


Adolf Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg (left) and Dr. Friedrich Weber of the Freikorps Oberland (Oberland Free Corps), during the Munich Putsch. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 1923
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26 Apr 2011 08:37:00


An Indian Brahmin and his family. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1890
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22 Jul 2011 11:08:00
A man sits waiting for a train on the London Underground in 1890, when the platform floors were still made from wooden floorboards. (Photo by Hi-Story/Alamy Stock Photo)

A man sits waiting for a train on the London Underground in 1890, when the platform floors were still made from wooden floorboards. (Photo by Hi-Story/Alamy Stock Photo)
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31 May 2017 06:53:00
Drastic inequality is by no means new in New York. Jacob A. Riis was called a muckraker after he chose to spotlight the city’s poverty at the turn of the 20th century by photographing it. Here: Sweatshop in Hester Street, 1889-1890. (Photo by Jacob A. Riis/Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Roger William Riis)

Drastic inequality is by no means new in New York. Jacob A. Riis was called a muckraker after he chose to spotlight the city’s poverty at the turn of the 20th century by photographing it. Here: Sweatshop in Hester Street, 1889-1890. (Photo by Jacob A. Riis/Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Roger William Riis)
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16 Nov 2015 08:12:00
People in a pub druring the Whitby Goth Weekend in Whitby, Yorkshire, where Bram Stoker found some of his inspiration for “Dracula” after staying in the town in 1890 in Whitby, United Kingdom on October 29, 2017. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)

People in a pub druring the Whitby Goth Weekend in Whitby, Yorkshire, where Bram Stoker found some of his inspiration for “Dracula” after staying in the town in 1890 in Whitby, United Kingdom on October 29, 2017. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
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31 Oct 2017 08:38:00
Two men on the deck of a ship, about 1890. (Photo by Collection of National Media Museum/Kodak Museum)

“Today, we take photography for granted. Anyone can take a photograph simply by pressing a button. Yet, it was not always so simple. The invention of photography was announced in 1839, but during its first fifty years taking a photograph was a complicated and expensive business. In 1888, all this was to change following the appearance of a camera that was to revolutionize photography. Popular photography can properly be said to have started 120 years ago with the introduction of the Kodak”. – The UK National Media Museum. Photo: Two men on the deck of a ship, about 1890. (Photo by Collection of National Media Museum/Kodak Museum)
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27 May 2014 10:31:00
Workhorse In The past

This picture was taken in the 1890's and shows a group of loggers hauling a heavy load. It is hard to even picture how they got the logs stacked that high. It is also hard to imagine how they keep it from tipping over.
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26 Nov 2013 11:16:00