Stunning Photochrom Prints From Library Of Congress

The Library of Congress just spent our taxes in a way that we get maximum value from a government agency. I don’t think we’ve gotten this much bang for the buck since the old Space Age and NASA days. This is Big Big WIN!

It used to be hell searching the site for interesting things. Now they’ve gone and made explicit collections with tons of thumbnails on a page for fast browsing. Here’s an example of that from the Photochrom Print Collection.

About the Photochrom Prints

The Photochrom Print Collection has almost 6,000 views of Europe and the Middle East and 500 views of North America. 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.

Some of the stunning images (click any to enlarge):


A house, interior, Marken Island, Holland


La grande rue (i.e., roue), Paris, France


Rue de la Republic, Lyons, France


Monks’ promenade, Mont St. Michel, France


Abbey from the ramparts, Mont St. Michel, France


Street in the old town, I, Biskra, Algeria


St. Hubert’s gallery, Brussels, Belgium


The fountain of Sultan Ahmed, Constantinople, Turkey


A Bedouin woman, Tunis, Tunisia


Cook in the rue de Stamboul, Constantinople, Turkey


A Lapp family, Norway


Grindelwald Grotto, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland


Burn’s National Monument, Mauchline, Scotland


Music room, Neuschwanstein Castle, Upper Bavaria, Germany


A yoeman of the guard (Beefeater), London, England


The “Victory” (Nelson’s Flagship), stern, Portsmouth, England


A girl of Grodenthal (i.e., Grödertal), Tyrol, Austro-Hungary


The Market, Freiburg, Baden, Germany


Old houses in rue St. Pierre, Caen, France


Hotel des Guises, Calais, France


Old house in Rue St. Martin, Bayeux, France

For those of you who think every damn thing should be privatized, that there is no such thing as a greater common good, here’s a special treat for you. What one of these would look like privatized:

Now thank your taxes they’ve been spent well by the Library of Congress.

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Stunning Photochrom Prints From Library Of Congress

  1. They’re great! Even better, I live in the UK :-)

  2. Excellent. I knew you’d post a selection! Now I’ll go back myself…

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