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March 17, 2014

Incredible Color Photographs Capture Street Scenes of Paris in the Early 20th Century

These incredible photographs of early-20th-century Paris were taken between 1907 and 1930 by photographers such as Léon Gimpel, Stéphane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Léon. They offer a rare glimpse — in color — at France’s capital before it was occupied during World War II.

The photos were produced using Autochrome, an early technology patented by Louis Lumière in 1903 that used dyed potato starch sandwiched between glass panes. Some of the images were recolored based on their original colors.

Check out these incredible photos below:

Paris (II arr.) by Stéphane Passet

Family, rue du Pot de Fer by Stéphane Passet

Paris (XVI arr.) by Frédéric Gadmer

The Eiffel Tower and Trocadero by Leon Auguste

Viarmes Street by Leon Auguste

Soldiers reading Porte de Saint-Cloud posters, on the occasion of May 1 by Frédéric Gadmer

Lhomond Iron Pot by Stéphane Passet

Statues of Lille and Strasbourg, Place de la Concorde

Rue Beaubourg, with the left Venice Street and Ovens-Saint-Martin Street by Stéphane Passet

Corner of the Beaumarchais Boulevard and Rue du Pas-de-la-mule by Stéphane Passet

Place Jussieu, corner of Linnaeus and Bakers by Stéphane Passet

Rue du Haut-Pavé at the corner of the Rue de la Bûcherie by Stéphane Passet

Rue Saint-Honoré, at the corner of the Rue de la Sourdière by Stéphane Passet

Bièvre Street by Stéphane Passet

Rue des Martyrs towards Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, with left rue de la Tour d'Auvergne by Stéphane Passet

Fortifications by Stéphane Passet

The rue d'Aboukir, view from Cairo instead by Stéphane Passet

The Faubourg and the Porte Saint-Denis by Stéphane Passet

The corner of Saint-Jacques, Galande and Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre by Stéphane Passet

Boulevard Raspail and Rue du Montparnasse seen from Notre-Dame-des-Champs by Stéphane Passet

25 rue des Bakers Stéphane Passet

The angle of the Rue du Bac and the Boulevard St-Germain by Stéphane Passet

The Rue de Seine, at the number 12 by Stéphane Passet

89 rue de Seine by Stéphane Passet

Huchette street and rue Xavier Privas by Stéphane Passet

Paris (Ve arr.) by Stéphane Passet

A Parisian asleep on the dock Celestine

Corner of Puget Lepic and Boulevard de Clichy by Georges Chevalier

Paris (fourth arr.) by Georges Chevalier

Numbers 8 and 10 rue du Montparnasse by Stéphane Passet

Paris (Xe arr.) by Leon Auguste

Orange Market, rue Basfroi by Leon Auguste

The Grand Cinema Fun at 95 rue de la Roquette by Leon Auguste

Cinema Pathe Palais des Gobelins Gobelins or by Auguste Léon

A flower seller in front of 53 rue Cambon by Leon Auguste

Gardens, quai d'Auteuil (current quai Louis Bleriot), opposite the Pont de Grenelle and the Statue of Liberty by Leon Auguste

Cannons captured from the Germans exposed Place de la Concorde, Statue of Lille and underwriting office by Leon Auguste

The Rue de la Paix decorated for the holidays Victory by Augustus Leon

Receipt of marshals of France in the town hall for celebrations of Victory 13 and 14 July 1919 by Auguste Léon

The Quai du Louvre (current quai François-Mitterrand) and the Ile de la Cité, opposite the Quai de Conti and the Institute of France by Auguste Léon

The Austerlitz port by Auguste Léon

Paris (fourth arr.) by Georges Chevalier

The Quai d'Orsay at the Gare d'Orsay by Leon Auguste

Old sign at the corner of Nonnains-d'Hyères street and the Hotel de Ville by Leon Auguste

Paris (fourth arr.) by Leon Auguste

Rue du Haut-Pavé on the corner of the right Bûcherie, Great-Degrees left and Frederic Sauton opposite direction of the Pantheon by Auguste Léon

Parade of foreign delegations on the deck of Double for the funeral of Marshal Foch view taken towards the quai de Montebello by Stéphane Passet

Demolition of the fortifications and reconstruction of buildings (HBM), Porte d'Orléans by Stéphane Passet

Rue de Rivoli along the town hall by Georges Chevalier

Rue de Rivoli along the Town Hall

Statues of Lille and Strasbourg, Place de la Concorde

(Photos © Albert Kahn Museum)


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