Nearly every one of us has at least seen photographs of New York City, if not actually traveled there, but these color images from 1941 show the Big Apple like you’ve never seen it before. For those unfamiliar with early color photography techniques, “before the technical innovations of the years 1935 to 1942, the only way to create a subtractive full-color print or transparency was by means of one of several labor-intensive and time-consuming procedures; most commonly, three pigment images were first created separately by the so-called carbon process and then carefully combined in register.” Continue reading to see more.

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