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Honfleur at the end of the 19th century, in photochrom

Taken between between 1890 and 1900, these photochrom images of Honfleur are at once familiar yet remote.

We recognise buildings but can only envy the photographer who saw a steam ship dock by the Chenin Blanc hotel, or took a horse drawn carriage ride past la Lieutenance.

Photochrom, a method of adding colour to black and white images, was invented in the 1880’s by Hans Jakob Schmid.  Inexpensive and innovative, publishers were quick to produce photochrom postcards and collecting them was fashionable until WW1.

Thanks to the photochrom craze there is a wonderful legacy of historic images from across the world, recording the end of the 19th century.

Here is old Honfleur in photochrom, from around 1890.

Mont Joli, Honfleur, France. Photochrom.


The port, Honfleur, France


The outer port and hotel Chenin Blanc, Honfleur, France


The piers, Honfleur, France



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