Rare color photos of Paris

These images, and many others found at Paris1914, were taken using Autochrome Lumière technology, an early color photography process, patented in 1903 and invented by the famous French Auguste and Louis Lumière. The Lumière brothers were the earliest filmmakers in history.

Avenue Hoche – 1919

10th Arrondissement – Wandering flower vendors in Place de la République in front of the Verines Armory – 10 May, 1918 – Auguste Léon

These images capture a Paris normally seen in grainy black-and-white photos, and bring a life to the city that can be seen today. In truth, it shows that Paris is very resistant to change – other than abominations such as the Pompidou museum and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, the city looks today much as it did then.

The full collection was available at paris1914.com, but it appears this website has been taken down. You can see a few more color photos of Paris from the epoch here.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Hall of Aeronautics – Paris, 1937

Palais de l'air

Hall of nationalized aeronautic industries with spiral bridge and Rhodoïd[1] orb at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life), Paris, 1937. Audoul, Hartwig and Gérodais, architects – Aublet and Delaunay, designers.



Postcard of the Hall of Aeronautics – Exterior


Photo – Hall of Aeronautics – Exterior

Other pictures from the 1937 Expo:


Postcard of the 1937 Paris Expo. On the left, the National Socialist German pavilion (see below)


The German pavilion, 1937. Rather ominous in light of events shortly to come to pass.


A view of the Paris Expo by night.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

[1] Rhodoid is a brand name for a cellulose acetate product developed by French pharmaceutical/chemical group Rhône-Poulenc around 1917. The name comes from a combination of Rhône-Poulenc and celluloid. In 1937 this would still have been considered an innovation