Early colour photos

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There's something very interesting about colour photographs taken during the brief time period that was dominated by black and white photography, and which we've come to imagine as happening in black and white. The Charles Cushman Collection has photos from the 30s and 40s from all over North America (many in colour). PBS had a program with colour footage from WWII. The US Library of Congress had an exhibition of photos from Czarist Russia, which are astonishing (taken in the early 1900s!). I think seeing history in colour makes it much easier to imagine being there, and makes me wish someone had bothered to invent photography earlier. (Anybody got any more?)

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