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The first colour photographs of America

See some of the first colour photographs of the US, from New York harbour to Grand Canyon


The following images show American cities, towns and attractions at the turn of the 20th century - and in colour. They were created using the Photochrom technique pioneered by Photoglob Zürich AG, which sees colour manually added to black-and-white negatives. The Swiss firm licensed the process to other companies such as the Detroit Photographic Company in the US and the Photochrom Company of London. The following images are among the most striking produced during the period...

Mulberry Street, New York

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The Levee at Canal Street, New Orleans

Old caretaker at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Branding calves in Colorado

Ute Chief Sevara and Family

The ''round up'' grub pile on the Cimarron, Colorado

Grant's Tomb and Riverside Park, New York 

Chinese family in America

The Elevated at 110th Street, New York

Monday washing, New York

Santa Catalina Island

Cliff House, San Francisco

Santa Fe Depot, Pasadena

Old State House, Court St, Boston

Los Angeles

Hopi people chanting at Kisi Moki snake dance

The Garden Mission Santa Barbara

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona

Wabash Ave north from Adams Street, Chicago. The Elevated Railroad, or 'L' (or El), in Downtown Chicago, better known as The Loop

Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama

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