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What kind of color film was available in 1909? It doesn't look hand-tinted.
The photo is by a photographer named Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky and it is actually a composite of 3 filtered black and white images. There is more about the process at the Wikipedia page about Prokudin-Gorsky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prokudin-Gorskii) and a bunch of examples of the color composite pictures at the LOC digital collection about him and his use of the technique (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/f?prok:0:./temp/~pp_owOK:)
Thanks very much, Matt, I'll check them out.
These were some of the most vivid and amazing shots ever, anytime. I love perusing that LOC collection - life was much more colorful than B&W photos attest - they had taken over for realistic painting for that period of time, not always a good thing.
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