117-Year-Old Color Postcards Reveal A Glimpse of Tunisian Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century

01-117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA 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.

02117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA market in Kairwan

03117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA street scene in Kairwan

04117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centurySouc-el-Trouk, Tunis

05117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA snake charmer puts on a performance in Tunis

06117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryLeaving a mosque, Tunis

07117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryLa Porte Française, Tunis

08117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA traveling cook, Kairwan

09117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA group before Bab Aleona, Tunis

10117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryThe waterfront of Sousse

11117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryMoorish cafe, Tunis

13117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryThe throne room of Bardo Palace, Tunis

14117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA family of Bedouin beggars, Tunis

15117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryBedchamber of the late Bey of Tunis, Kasr-el-Said

16117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryPrivate drawing room, Kasr-el-Said

17117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA camp of nomads, Tunis

18117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryA Bedouin woman, Tunis

19117-year-old-color-postcards-reveal-a-glimpse-of-tunisian-culture-at-the-turn-of-the-20th-centuryArabs in Tunis

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3 Responses to 117-Year-Old Color Postcards Reveal A Glimpse of Tunisian Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century

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  2. Mel & Suan says:

    Imagine how the travelers of those times would have felt.
    We can just close our eyes and start hallucinating…


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