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Early color pictures of the American lifestyle in the 1920s

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1920s US lifestyle picturesThe special value of these 1920s pictures is that they are real color shots, not colorized. The photographers of the National Geographic Society used the autochrome process to obtain America’s color photographs at the beginning of the 20th century. The color multilayer photographic film “Kodachrome” appeared a bit later, in 1935. This invention vastly expanded the possibilities of color printing. 

Nonetheless, the Society accumulated a collection of autochrome color pictures from the 1910s and 1920s with around 12,000 images.

In July 1914, National Geographic magazine published its first color photographs. They showcased the power of autochrome and changed the style of the magazine cover.

Pictures from all over America of the 1920s

Another value of this set is its wide geography. Oldpics used to publish some bright 1920s (as well as other periods’ photographs) pictures of the large cities, like New York, which attracted many outstanding photographers. This photo set is different. There’re plenty of countryside photographs which are relatively rare finds. But those NYC-photography lovers shouldn’t worry either. Some special color shots of the Greatest city in the world are in this publication too.

This series covers different aspects of American life, culture, and magnificent landscapes. These 1920s pictures look closer to the 19th-century landscape photography of Carleton Watkins and American settler’s Solomon Butcher series. Again, these are color ones, and thus they keep some exceptional details of the early 20th-century lifestyle.

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Virginia - A girl poses with corncobs and pumpkins during the harvest

Virginia – A girl poses with corncobs and pumpkins during the harvest, Virginia. Photo by Charles Martin.

A woman with a teenager washes on the street in Sperryville. Photo by Charles Martin

A woman with a teenager washes on the street in Sperryville. Photo by Charles Martin

A Hopi Indian  1920s

A Hopi Indian on his donkey stands on the edge of a high mountain. Photo by Franklin Price Knott

Mount Shasta in California and a woman at the edge of a pond. Photo by Franklin Price Knott

Mount Shasta in California and a woman at the edge of a pond. Photo by Franklin Price Knott

Portrait of a Hopi Indian 1920s

Portrait of a Hopi Indian woman weaving a basket. Photo by Franklin Price Knott

Two men stand among white birches in the Battenkill Valley

Two men stand among white birches in the Battenkill Valley, Bennington, Vermont. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

A rider poses with her pony in a rodeo in Texas. Photo by  Clifton R. Adams

A rider poses with her pony in a rodeo in Texas. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

Scenic view of the Capitol. Photo by Charles Martin

Amazing view of the Capitol. Photo by Charles Martin

Vacationers by a running river on a warm summer day. Photo by- Clifton R. Adams

Vacationers by a running river on a warm summer day. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

 Two women look west from the village of Stowe towards Mount Mansfield, Vermont Photo by Clifton R. Adams

Two women look west from Stowe’s village towards Mount Mansfield, Vermont Photo by Clifton R. Adams.

Indian family in their dwelling, tipi. Montana. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

The story of American way photo by Margarett Bourke-White

Three men stand in front of a plane on the Crowe Reservation in Montana

Three men stand in front of a plane on the Crowe Reservation in Montana. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

A group of children looks at an elephant at the National Zoo.

Washington, DC. A group of children looks at an elephant at the National Zoo. Photo by Jacob J. Guyer

woman in front of a fruit rack in the US capital.

Washington DC. A woman in front of a fruit rack in the US capital. Photo by Orren R. Lowden

St. Petersburg, Florida. Women sit on the beach.

St. Petersburg, Florida. Women sit on the beach. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

Portrait of a boy in New Orleans

Portrait of a boy in New Orleans. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

View of the Hudson River in New York.

View of the Hudson River in New York. Photo Credi Clifton R. Adams and Edwin L. Visherd

A group of people relaxing on the ocean coast, Miami Beach, Florida

A group of people relaxing on the ocean coast, Miami Beach, Florida. Photo by Clifton R. Adams.

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Swimming competition in Florida

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The sixty-story Woolworth Building rises on the New York skyline. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

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New Yorkers browse the assortment of goods sold along city streets. Photo by Clifton R. Adams and Edwin L. Visherd.

New Yorkers browse the assortment of goods sold along city streets. Photo by Clifton R. Adams and Edwin L. Visherd.

Aerial photography of Manhattan.

Aerial photography of Manhattan. Photo by Clifton R. Adams and Edwin L. Visherd

People in the cotton field in Louisiana, 1920s

People in the cotton field in Louisiana. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

A coastal patrol pushes a boat into the water.

Atlantic City, New Jersey. A coastal patrol pushes a boat into the water. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

Five boys eat a watermelon in New Orlean. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

Five boys eat watermelon in New Orlean. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Kids outside a house with a turf roof.

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Kids outside a house with a turf roof. Photo by Richard Hewitt Stewart

At the fair in Lundonville, Ohio.

At the fair in Lyndonville, Ohio. Photo by Jacob J. Guyer

Apple stand at the Lundonville fair, Ohio

Apple stands at the Lyndonville fair, Ohio Photo by Jacob J. Guyer.

A group of students on the terrace at Cornell University.

A group of students on the terrace at Cornell University. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

Washington Square and Fifth Avenue, pictures 1920s

Washington Square and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Clifton R. Adams and Edwin L. Visherd

French Quarter, New Orlean 1920s

French Quarter, New Orlean. Photo by- Edwin L. Visherd

1920s pictures of Praline saleswoman in the French Quarter.

Praline saleswoman in the French Quarter. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

Children gather around a snowball vendor, New Orlean.  1920s pictures

Children gather around a snowball vendor, New Orlean. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

A woman sitting on stone steps in the French Quarter sells pralines.

A woman sitting on stone steps in the French Quarter sells pralines. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

A boy sits on a barrel outside a brewery in the French Quarter,

A boy sits on a barrel outside a brewery in the French Quarter, New Orlean. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

Washington Square in New York.  1920s

Washington Square in New York. Photo by Clifton R. Adams and Edwin L. Visherd

Hopi Indian Reservation - Men stand next to a car in a field and look at a nearby canyon.

Hopi Indian Reservation – Men stand next to a car in a field and look at a nearby canyon.

A rider shows her sister how to handle ropes, Fort Worth, Texas.

A rider shows her sister how to handle ropes, Fort Worth, Texas.

A view of the main street in the downtown area of Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Jacob J. Guyer

Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1920s. Panoramic views of beaches, marinas and hotels along the waterfront.

Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1920s. Panoramic views of beaches, marinas, and hotels along the waterfront. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

A ranch where guests can feel like cowboys in Arizona.

A ranch where guests can feel like cowboys in Arizona. Photo by Clifton R. Adams

A woman sits outside the door of the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. Photo by Edwin L. Visherd

Four tour guides await tourists for a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA

Four tour guides await tourists for a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA.

Coast Guard officers set sail in their boat.

Coast Guard officers set sail in their boat. Photo by Jacob J. Guyer

Cowboys and horseback riders sit along a fence at a rodeo, San Antonio, Texas.

Men load bins with sulfur, Galveston, TX , pictures 1920s

Men load bins with sulfur, Galveston, TX.

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A man shovels sulfur in a warehouse near the pier, Galveston, Texas.

A man shovels sulfur in a warehouse near the pier, Galveston, Texas.

Three young women at the rodeo, Fort Worth, Texas.

Three young women at the rodeo, Fort Worth, Texas.

Crowe Indian Reservation, Montana - Men stand next to the monument to the Seventh Cavalry.

Crow Indian Reservation, Montana – Men stand next to the monument to the Seventh Cavalry.

Head of the Crowe Indian Reservation, Montana

Head of the Crowe Indian Reservation, Montana

 

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