Photochrom Travel Views – a set on Flickr from the US Library of Congress

Pasting:

“A love of travel inspires so many photos on Flickr that we hope you’ll enjoy taking a century-old “grand tour.” Our Photochrom Print Collection shows Europe, the Middle East, and Canada as they appeared around 1890-1900. We started at the top of the world with Norway, Sweden, and Denmark in January. We added Scotland to the set in April. We’ll add more countries gradually.”

“What’s a photochrom?

Published primarily from the 1890s to 1910s, these prints were created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. The richly colored images look like photographs but are actually ink-based photolithographs, usually 6.5 x 9 inches. Plenty more info at lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/pgzhtml/pgzproc.html.

Like postcards, the photochroms feature subjects that appeal to travelers, including landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and daily life and culture. The prints were sold as souvenirs and often collected in albums or framed for display.”

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