Some more on color photographies from the WW I era

James had posted some links to French color photographies from World War I last week. I had found some of the many of the same photos even before that, but couldn’t find the index page, which seems to be different from that James had posted Anyway, even without the index page , a lot of pictures can be found by playing with these URLs: (up to sap01_cvl00159_p.jpg) (up to sap01_ca000616_p.jpg).
(There are some gaps in between, though).

WWI era or not, what interests me most are the buildings, so I have put up those two images:

I had to reduce the resolution to get their sizes down to 40 kb each, the original images can be found
here and here.

I have linked here to some more images that I found interesting, in no particular order:

Graves with American flags:

Here and here.

(Update: That’s Lafayette’s tomb)

Proximity of the boche tends to loosen one’s bladder

A group of soldiers

Some soldiers in dress uniform

Picture with steeple and weir

Village square

Quay and bridge in a village

(‘Quay’ may not be the correct term for this; does somebody know a better one?)

Town gate

Keep over town square

Keep from another angle

Ornate town gate

Same gate from the side, with a view on the town wall and houses

Nurses and military surgeon, with officers

Unpaved village street

Village street with cobblestone

Brick houses at bend in the road

Soldiers with carts before brick houses

Soldiers in front of a shop

The same shop from another angle, with quay

Canadian soldiers (?)

Military truck

Firebrigade spraying ruined houses

Military smithy at city wall

Same smithy at different angle

Military police (?)

(Grab your ankles!)

Soldiers’ graves

Some city streets (obviously far from the front, the obelisk in the third picture hints at Paris)

Street 1

Street 2

Street 3

A palace

Probably the seat of some ministry.

The same palace with ceremonial guard houses

The same from another angle

Guard house up close

Tent of regimental (judging from the size) staff

Soldier in trench

Soldiers at ruined house

Black soldiers

Here and here.

Some farm houses.

Another farm house.

Half-timbered; we call this style ‘Fachwerk’ in Germany. There are lots of these in my hometown.

Soldiers in village road.

Ruined church with graveyard

Artillery rounds

Fire brigade

Park with statue

Pretty shop

(Even if some perfidious Germans shot out a window)

Cardinal and bishop with some Generals

The same Generals up close

The interior of a church

A quite handsome altar, somewhat damaged

Postman at city corner

Officer in dress uniform

Stricken village

7 thoughts on “Some more on color photographies from the WW I era”

  1. Thanks. Fascinating pictures. Especially if that is Notre Dame, it is amazing how bucolic Paris was in 1900.

  2. Not Notre Dame… if it were, the Seine would be running through the middle of the picture, between the cathedral and the camera. And even in 1900, there would have been buildings all over those hills— Paris was way more build up than this.
    It’s in a small town, someplace.. Chartres is pretty dinky, as I remember. Albert?– that was close to the front….
    What we really need here is a scholar of medival architecture.

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