Take an 1890 Photochrom Tour of Rome

“Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.” – George Eliot

“Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.” – George Eliot

Take a tour of Rome with these photochrom postcards from 1890. Shot in black and white and then colored by the innovative photochrom method where the negative is transferred onto a lithographic plate. A process invented in the 1880s by Hans Jakob Schmid who worked for the Swiss company Orell Gessner Füssli – a printing firm whose history began in the 16th century. The ancient sites as they were then and largely as they are today.

 

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Outside the Coliseum

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A view from the Palace of the Caesars

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The bridge and castle of St. Angelo

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The Piazza Navona

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The Triumphal Arch of Titus

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Piazza di Minerva

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Trevi Fountain

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Inside St. Paul’s

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The ruins of the Temple of Castor and Pollux

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The Temple of Bosco

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The tomb of Victor Emmanue

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Garibaldi’s Monument

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St. Trinita dei Monti

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St. Peter’s Place

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The Piazza del Popolo

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The Pyramid of Cestius at St. Paul’s Gate

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A view from the Palatine

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The Acqua Felice fountain

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Vesta’s Temple

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The Forum Romanum from the Palatine

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The Forum

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Romano Forum

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Trajan’s Column

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Inside the Coliseum

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The Coliseum and Meta Sudans

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The Fountain of the Naiads in Piazza della Repubblica

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The Piazza del Campidoglio

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Capitoline

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The Temple of Saturn and Triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus.

Images courtesy of the Library of Congress