51 Amazing Color Photographs Showing Life in Paris during the Early 20th Century

These incredible photographs of early-20th-century Paris were taken between 1907 and 1930 by photographers such as Léon Gimpel, Stéphane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Léon. They offer a rare glimpse — in color — at France’s capital before it was occupied during World War II.

The photos were produced using Autochrome, an early technology patented by Louis Lumière in 1903 that used dyed potato starch sandwiched between glass panes. Some of the images were recolored based on their original colors.

Check out these incredible photos below:

Paris (II arr.) by Stéphane Passet
Family, rue du Pot de Fer by Stéphane Passet
Paris (XVI arr.) by Frédéric Gadmer
The Eiffel Tower and Trocadero by Leon Auguste
Viarmes Street by Leon Auguste
Soldiers reading Porte de Saint-Cloud posters, on the occasion of May 1 by Frédéric Gadmer
Lhomond Iron Pot by Stéphane Passet
Statues of Lille and Strasbourg, Place de la Concorde
Rue Beaubourg, with the left Venice Street and Ovens-Saint-Martin Street by Stéphane Passet
Corner of the Beaumarchais Boulevard and Rue du Pas-de-la-mule by Stéphane Passet
Place Jussieu, corner of Linnaeus and Bakers by Stéphane Passet
Rue du Haut-Pavé at the corner of the Rue de la Bûcherie by Stéphane Passet
Rue Saint-Honoré, at the corner of the Rue de la Sourdière by Stéphane Passet
Bièvre Street by Stéphane Passet
Rue des Martyrs towards Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, with left rue de la Tour d’Auvergne by Stéphane Passet
Fortifications by Stéphane Passet
The rue d’Aboukir, view from Cairo instead by Stéphane Passet
The Faubourg and the Porte Saint-Denis by Stéphane Passet
The corner of Saint-Jacques, Galande and Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre by Stéphane Passet
Boulevard Raspail and Rue du Montparnasse seen from Notre-Dame-des-Champs by Stéphane Passet
25 rue des Bakers Stéphane Passet
The angle of the Rue du Bac and the Boulevard St-Germain by Stéphane Passet
The Rue de Seine, at the number 12 by Stéphane Passet
89 rue de Seine by Stéphane Passet

Huchette street and rue Xavier Privas by Stéphane Passet
Paris (Ve arr.) by Stéphane Passet
A Parisian asleep on the dock Celestine
Corner of Puget Lepic and Boulevard de Clichy by Georges Chevalier
Paris (fourth arr.) by Georges Chevalier
Numbers 8 and 10 rue du Montparnasse by Stéphane Passet
Paris (Xe arr.) by Leon Auguste
Orange Market, rue Basfroi by Leon Auguste
The Grand Cinema Fun at 95 rue de la Roquette by Leon Auguste
Cinema Pathe Palais des Gobelins Gobelins or by Auguste Léon
A flower seller in front of 53 rue Cambon by Leon Auguste
Gardens, quai d’Auteuil (current quai Louis Bleriot), opposite the Pont de Grenelle and the Statue of Liberty by Leon Auguste
Cannons captured from the Germans exposed Place de la Concorde, Statue of Lille and underwriting office by Leon Auguste
The Rue de la Paix decorated for the holidays Victory by Augustus Leon
Receipt of marshals of France in the town hall for celebrations of Victory 13 and 14 July 1919 by Auguste Léon
The Quai du Louvre (current quai François-Mitterrand) and the Ile de la Cité, opposite the Quai de Conti and the Institute of France by Auguste Léon
The Austerlitz port by Auguste Léon
Paris (fourth arr.) by Georges Chevalier
The Quai d’Orsay at the Gare d’Orsay by Leon Auguste
Old sign at the corner of Nonnains-d’Hyères street and the Hotel de Ville by Leon Auguste
Paris (fourth arr.) by Leon Auguste
Rue du Haut-Pavé on the corner of the right Bûcherie, Great-Degrees left and Frederic Sauton opposite direction of the Pantheon by Auguste Léon
Parade of foreign delegations on the deck of Double for the funeral of Marshal Foch view taken towards the quai de Montebello by Stéphane Passet
Demolition of the fortifications and reconstruction of buildings (HBM), Porte d’Orléans by Stéphane Passet
Rue de Rivoli along the town hall by Georges Chevalier
Rue de Rivoli along the Town Hall
Statues of Lille and Strasbourg, Place de la Concorde

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