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December 15, 2019

20 Striking Color Photographs That Show Everyday Life in Amsterdam Around the Turn of the Century

These amazing images are from between the 1890s and 1900s, and were created using the Photochrom process, a method of producing colorized photographs from black and white negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates.

It was invented in the 1880s and was most popular in the 1890s, when these images were taken. Although true color photography had been developed by then it was not commercially practical yet. Photochrom reproductions became popular due to the craze with sending postcards.

Amsterdam’s famous Dam Square is also depicted with life as busy as ever in the country’s capital. People can be seen going about their business as several trams and horse and carts idle by. Other images show everyday life in Amsterdam around the turn of the century.

Dam square

The Binnen Amstel (inner Amstel)

The Buiten Amstel

The Heerengracht (main canal)

Voorburgwal & Nicolaaskerk

Amsterdam Centraal Station

The great sluice

The Singel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, looking towards the Muntplein and the Munttoren.

The new market and bourse (i.e. weighing house)

The post office

Blauwbrug en Amstel

Fishmarket and bourse (i.e. weighing house)

Groen Burgwal (canal)

Kloveniers Burgwal (canal)

De Oude Schans

Prince Henry’s quay

The square, palace, and church

Old Zÿds, the Kolk (canal)

The Rijks-museum

Nicolaaskerk (St. Nicholas Church)




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