Here is a rare look at the earliest color photographs of the United States. These are all from the Detroit Photographic Company’s archives that reveal America in brilliant color from the late 1880s to the early 1920s. My Modern Met says that, “Several thousand black-and-white negatives were reproduced in color by a photolithographic technique invented in Switzerland, called the Photochrom process.” Above, we have Mulberry Street in New York, taken in 1900. Continue reading for more.
10. Sunset from the Battery, New York, photochrom.
9. Grand Canyon, view from O’Neill’s Point, Arizona, photochrom.
8. Memorial Arch, Hartford, Connecticut, photochrom.
7. Arch Rock, Mackinac Island, Michigan, photochrom.
6. Portland Head Light, Maine, photochrom.
5. Mount Lowe Railway, on the circular bridge, California, photochrom.
4. Cape Horn, Columbia River, photochrom.
3. Chinese pharmacy, Chinatown, San Francisco, photochrom.
2. Mariposa Grove, “Three Graces,” Yosemite National Park, California.
1. Anonymous, A Monday washing, New York, photochrom.