historical photos

I opened this book and found a cyanotype tucked inside! Does anyone recognize this building? There’s no indication of where it was.⠀⠀
This volume once belonged to John Neihardt, whose signature appears under the photo on the front free endpaper.⠀⠀
Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878. Poems. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare PS1150 .E84 ⠀⠀

These rare color photos of Paris were taken over 100 years ago. 

In 1909, a wealthy French banker named Albert Kahn wanted to document the world using a new color photo process called Autochrome Lumière, so he commissioned 4 photographers to take their cameras all over the world.

One of the cities they documented was Paris.

Starting in 1914, Kahn’s photographers, Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier and Auguste Leon, documented life in Paris using color filters made from dyed potato starch grains.

They made these color photos over a century ago (with a small amount of color enhancing done on the original shots).

In addition to the many shots of Paris, around 72,000 Autochromes from around the globe were created through Kahn’s project.


The Church of St. Andrew the Apostle sits on a small, secluded piece of land in Russia’s Vuoksi River. Guinness World Records lists it as the only church built on a tiny island, with a monolithic rock serving as the foundation. 

The site is located in Leningrad oblast, near the village of Vasilyevo Priozersky.

It was built in 2000 by university professor Andrew Rotinov.  

The church is open for services, including weddings and baptisms.

The road to the shore is about 2 hours long…

…and the only way it can be reached is by boat.


This is ‘Benjamin,’ the last known surviving Tasmanian Tiger. He was placed in the Beaumaris Zoo in 1933, died in 1936, and the thylacine species was declared extinct in 1982. (They’re also known as the Tasmanian Wolf.)

There have been thousands of sightings reported from mainland Australia since the extinction date, but none has been confirmed.



Wentke (Coat)

Mid 18th Century


Women in Hindeloopen, a town in the northern Netherlandish province of Friesland, traditionally wore this type of striking lightweight coat, called a wentke, on special occasions. Beginning in the mid-eighteenth century, wentkes were usually made of boldly patterned Indian chintzes, and contrary to the custom in the rest of Europe of confining chintz to casual and private occasions, residents of Hindeloopen elevated this exotic fabric to a formal status. The wentke was often worn with other garments of Indian cotton. This particular design was inspired by the motifs on European “lace-patterned” woven silks. (MET)