Saturday, March 9, 2013

Photochrom image of Launceston (Cornwall)

Launceston, Cornwall (UK), ca. 1890-1900 (Library of Congress)

Launceston (Cornish: Lannstevan) is located at the eastern border of the English county of Cornwall. This photo is a photochrom print; a colorized image produced from black-and-white photographic negatives via lithographic techniques. The photographer is standing on St. Stephen's Hill, in the background Launceston Castle is visible. Today's street view:



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11 comments:

  1. It seems as if the background on the photochrom is closer, Nice colouring!

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    1. I wish the vegetation in the streetview was less exuberant for a better comparison. It looks like you are correct, but the photochrom print is based on a real black-and-white photo, so the photographer may have customized that photo a bit.

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    2. Well, the castle ain't red, for a start.

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  2. The colouring on the first image makes it look idyllic.

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  3. I've walked down that road and visited the castle when working at a factory near Launceston. Good to see it again and especially the photochrom view.

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    1. I'm preparing more posts about Cornwall, I don't know much about the county but it looks very interesting.

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  4. I knew that was a Photochrom image before I even started reading. There's something about the colours - particularly the greens, blues and browns, that put them apart. Great then and now comparison.

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    1. I'd never heard of photochrom before, the pictures really stand out indeed.

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  5. A lovely image. I've been to Launceston and visited its castle.

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  6. Love photochrom. There's something charming about seeing photos from this time period in color. And although they're not photochrom, if you haven't seen this site, you'll want to check it out: http://www.worldwaronecolorphotos.com

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