World War I Color Photos

From the Western Front in World War I

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Although color photography was around prior to 1903, the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, patented the process in 1903 and developed the first color film in 1907.  The French army was the primary source of color photos during the course of World War One.

Sometime in late 2004, while looking at the blog, Vodkapundit – a great blog, btw – I came across an external link he had to some interesting photos of World War I. What made them of interest was that they were in color! I saved them to my hard drive, and I’m glad I did... the site that had them up ended up deleting them.

So I decided to go looking for others on the web. I came across the site, Gallica, bibliothèque numérique de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, There I found all of the images you see here, but, alas, the text was all in French, and the last time I spoke French with any frequency was 45 years ago! So I have had to use an on-line translator to get the English, although I am sure there are some mistakes in such a process, but here they are. Of course, if you speak French, you will see I have the original wording in French included.

Given the number of images, I have categorized them as follows, with H and V referring to Horizontal and Vertical orientation of photos.:

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