Colour photographs of French kids playing in the streets during WWI

These have to be more than a bit staged, but they’re still cool. (Were they coloured in later? Is that a stupid question?)

  • That is an awesome Plane!

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Gabriel Lippmann won a Nobel Prize in 1908 for inventing color photography.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    As my father always told me: “There is no such thing as a stupid question.”
    “There are only stupid-idiots asking questions!”

    Actually it’s an intelligent question as color photography as we know it (from the late 1930’s onward) was quite different that these pictures, but these are probably real. Tinted pictures from back then ‘looked’ tinted, and these don’t have that look.

    Likely, the photographer simultaneously took four pictures with different colored filters over the lenses of each camera or each photograph exposure, and then showed them back through a combining projector with the same colored filters.
    When combined, you get a realistic looking color photograph.
    That’s one way.

    There are some colored pictures of pre-revolutionary Russia that the Library of Congress has on line.

    • If Newton was so smart, how come he’s dead?

      (No such thing as a stupid question he says.)

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Newton likely might have shortened his own life because of his own alchemy experiments, which come to think of it might not have been all that smart.
        I know, cue the eerie music…

        I always wondered what Newton and Einstein could have accomplished with access to a modern personal computer.

    • Raymond Cameron

      The first color photos date from around 1859; they used three or four photos as you describe. The Autochrome process, patented in 1903 and introduced on the market in 1907 used a single plate with the filters incorporated in the emulsion. It gave a positive color slide used in a lightbox or projected on a screen with a projector.

      The Russian photographer you link to seems to have reinvented the old method. They were taken before 1907 or he didn’t have acces to Autochrome plates.

  • BillyHW

    Today that kid would have his toy guns taken away and be forced to play with Barbies.

  • Minicapt

    WW1 in colour:

    Here, the ones tagged ‘autochrome’ are original colour images:


    • mrscapt

      Come back to bed.

  • Ralphie up there has the right idea!

    I like pictures like these. They are fascinating windows into the past.