This Is What The United States Looked Like Just A Century Ago. It’s Barely Recognizable.

This is actually New York City! Yep, Mulberry Street in the early 20th century.

These postcards, made between 1888 and 1924, are the FIRST color photographs taken of America. They were made by taking black and white negatives and manually adding color to them and are now collected in a book entitled American Odyssey.

Check out Vicksburg in post-civil war Mississippi. Wow.

1900’s version of a dryer: pretty amazing.

The Georgetown Loop over Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado, was of major importance to gold and silver mining.

The colors you see here in the Grand Canyon are due to the photochrom technique used in these pictures: sort of an early Instagram…but much less instant.

Yosemite National Park. Note the size of the man standing at the base of that redwood.

Nope, not a roller coaster. This was once considered high-tech!

These are members of the Seminole Tribe in Florida.

Do you recognize anything about San Francisco here?

The Ashley River in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina…looks like something out of Gone With The Wind.

This is a rain dance in New Mexico.

Can’t quite determine, but the angle makes this look like it might have been taken from the East River in Manhattan.

These images and MANY more are collected in An American Odyssey published by Taschen.

Wow, these certainly give a whole new glimpse of life in the early days of the USA. If you loved this, please share it with your friends.