Turn-of-the-century Photos that Will Make You Stop and Stare

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All images via George Eastman House

There’s something about the soft graininess, stiffly displayed clothing, and all-over greyscale of antique photos that makes it hard to imagine the folks featured in them ever really existed – which is precisely why these photos from the George Eastman House collection are so arresting. With their unusually fine colorization, these ancient pictures roar into a reincarnated reality, making the people within them more alive than one would ever imagine possible.

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4 Comments

  1. Sarah 12/04/2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Lovely!! The man in the third photo down with the pink dressed lady……dreamy 🙂

  2. shaney 12/04/2012 at 7:44 pm #

    how lovely! especially the last one

  3. Angel 12/05/2012 at 2:40 pm #

    The second last one. The woman has such a pretty face.

  4. Jane 11/15/2014 at 12:46 pm #

    My dad used to do this when I was a kid. I have a picture of my mother in her wedding suit, also pink, very similar to the one above. Very cool to see these.

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