“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.
Images courtesy of the Library of Congress
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