1920s in Color : The Photography of Clifton Adams

Continuing my fascination with 1920s/30s autochrome photography...
 I don't know if I'll ever get enough of the glorious colors of these photographs.

The photos collected below from the National Geographic Stock Photo archive are by Clifton Royal Adams.   Adams was born in 1890 and was a National Geographic staff photographer from 1920 until 1934, traveling throughout the United States, Central America, and Europe.  He died of a brain tumor in 1934 after becoming ill while on assignment to photograph the California giant Sequoia forest.   These are from his European travels; amazing photos from his US portfolio are coming soon.*

A young woman mails a letter in a red pillar box. Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England.
One of the Daughters of Erin stands beside the window box of her home. Ireland.
Two women buy ice cream from a vendor out of his converted car.  Near St. Austel, Cornwall, England.
Two women talk in an Irish cottage garden.
An English woman points pridefully to her farm cart. Fenland, England.
A woman kneels in a field of flowers in the Fens. The Fens, Boston, England.
A woman looks down over the Cuckmore River.  Cuckmore River, Westdean, Sussex, England.
Hikers rest on Skelwith Bridge, a boundary line between counties.  Skelwith Bridge, Between Westmorland and Lancashire, England.
Women selling Queen Alexandra roses for charity. Seaford, Sussex, England.
A woman stands in a garden filled with Calendulas. Lincolnshire, England.
Locals enjoy the view of the Surrey Hills. Near Dorking, Surrey, England.
The former residence of the Duchess of Marlborough. Crowhurst Place, Surrey, England.
A young girl knits a wool garment. Ardara, Ireland.
A woman tends to her garden in the country near Exeter. Near Exeter, New Hampshire, USA.
Two girls send a letter at the red "pillar box" of the Royal Mail. Belfast, Ireland.
Two young adults sit in the grass by a cliff near water and a village. Rottingdean, East Sussex, England.
Two women sit near the Avon River with the Holy Trinity Church behind. Holy Trinity Church, Avon River, Stratford, England.
A group of women hike through Patterdale. Patterdale, Westmorland, England.
A girl stands in a field holding barley in Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire, England.
A girl looks at the tomb of Thomas Gray near a church in Stoke Poges. Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England.
Two country maids rest for lunch in a hayfield. Near Hawkshead, Lancashire, England.


  1. holy moly these pics are just fab! the colours are so beautiful but kinda surreal right? love that lady sitting in the flower field...would be awesome to have a bunch of these on your wall in a little cluster...or find a national geographic with them in!

  2. The colors really are amazing (little stained glass images) and I love the 3-D effect that some of them have...rather haunting. OOHH - I like the wall cluster idea; I might have to use that. :-)


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