Feature Article: Library of Congress Adds Large Photochrom Collection

The Library of Congress has put online more than 6,000 old full color “photochroms” from around the United States and the world that are of high interest to genealogists. These images date from the 1890s to the 1910s. Genealogists will want to search this collection for images from the areas around their ancestral home towns.

Source: Library of Congress, Maison du France, Bruges, Belgium. [between ca. 1890 – ca. 1900] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2001697894/. Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J, foreign section. Detroit, Michigan: Detroit Publishing Company, ca. 1905. Print no. “6408.”

According to the Library of Congress guide to this collection:

“[These] richly colored images look like photographs but are actually ink-based photolithographs, usually 6.5 x 9 inches.

“Like postcards, [these] photochroms feature subjects that appeal to travelers, including landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and daily life and culture. The prints were sold as souvenirs and often collected in albums or framed for display.

“These prints were created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan.”

Search this collection here: https://www.loc.gov/collections/photochrom-prints/about-this-collection/

Inventory

Click the links below to see the images for the country/area that interests you.

Country

Quantity

Call Number

Algeria

74

LOT 13420

Austro-Hungarian Empire

591

LOT 13417

Bahamas

6

LOT 13923

Belgium

108

LOT 13422

Canada

31

LOT 13923

Cuba

2

LOT 13923

Denmark

14

LOT 13421

England

1,118

LOT 13415

France

518

LOT 13418

French and Italian Riviera

79

LOT 13425

Germany

1,207

LOT 13411 (the LOT also includes images in Poland, Czech Republic, and Russia)

Holy Land

143

LOT 13424 (the LOT includes Israel, Jerusalem, Lebanon, and West Bank)

Ireland

121

LOT 13406

Italy

318

LOT 13434

Latvia

8

LOT 13419

Luxembourg

2

LOT 13429

Montenegro

7

LOT 13430

Netherlands

116

LOT 13423

Norway

155

LOT 13432

Poland

91

LOT 13411 and LOT 13419

Romania

8

LOT 13431

Russia

72

LOT 13411 and LOT 13419

Scotland

182

LOT 13407

Serbia

4

LOT 13433

Spain

8

LOT 13426

Switzerland

741

LOT 13410

Tunisia

41

LOT 13427

Turkey

28

LOT 13428

Ukraine

44

LOT 13419

United States

391

LOT 13923

Wales

167

LOT 13408

Unidentified (Europe)

25

LOT 13512