A street in Kairwan
These gorgeous color postcards of Tunisia were created using the Photochrom process, and are part of The Library of Congress’ Photochrom collection.
Invented by a Swiss printer in the 1880s, the Photochrom process is a technique for applying realistic color to monochrome images. When completed, the delicate process produced surprisingly lifelike color with far greater precision than traditional hand-coloring.
These images capture the ornate palaces and bustling markets of Tunisia in its first decades as a French protectorate.
A market in Kairwan
A street scene in Kairwan
A snake charmer puts on a performance in Tunis
Leaving a mosque, Tunis
La Porte Française, Tunis
A traveling cook, Kairwan
A group before Bab Aleona, Tunis
The waterfront of Sousse
Moorish cafe, Tunis
The throne room of Bardo Palace, Tunis
A family of Bedouin beggars, Tunis
Bedchamber of the late Bey of Tunis, Kasr-el-Said
Private drawing room, Kasr-el-Said
A camp of nomads, Tunis
A Bedouin woman, Tunis
Arabs in Tunis