1920s in Color: The photography of Maynard Owens Williams

There are few things more stunning and rare than a 1920s/1930s photograph.  Luckily National Geographic has an extensive collection that is available online.  I stumbled upon this archive one evening while doing some research a recently acquired 1920s dress...and 4 hours later at 2am, Isaac had to pull me away from the computer to get some sleep.   I was totally engrossed.   The autochrome process used to create these images retains brilliant jewel tones that have not faded over time and give a three-dimensional feel that is lost in most modern photography.

All of the following images were captured by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic's first foreign correspondent.  He was even their correspondent at the opening of King Tutankhamen in 1923.  His images come from around the world, including Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  My favorites (not surprisingly) are those depicting fabulous fashions.   
A woman sits on a bench by a pond in Tete d'Or Park, Lyons, France
Two women walk through Lord Brougham's garden, Cannes, France
French woman sitting on a park bench in early evening, Tete d'Or Park, Lyons, Rhone, France

Uniformed ice cream salesmen sell a million bars annually, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1930s.
A woman wears a kimono with designs identical to that of a palace, Crete
Maynard Owen Williams, Self-Portrait

Don't worry if you didn't get your fill of these stunning images...there are more on the way!

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