Fine Arts

Christina In Red


Cynthia:  Gasp! Oh Marcy, come look at these rare color photos taken in 1913.

Marcy:  Are you on the Bored Panda website? Again?

Cynthia (sighing):  I am. I can’t help it. They so often have such neat articles.

Marcy comes trotting over to Cynthia who is mesmerized by photos on the computer.

Marcy:  We had another post planned, you know.

Cynthia:  I know but we’ll run it in a couple of days. I just have to post some of these photos. Besides, it is Throwback Thursday after all!

Marcy:  Already?  cough cough … Hmmm… cough cough… I’m not ready for it.

Cynthia (enchanted):  These photos are so extraordinary. Some look like they were taken today while others look like paintings from the 19th century.





Cynthia:  All of the photos were taken in 1913 using a process called autochrome – glass plates covered in potato starch. The artist was Mervyn O’Gorman and the subject is his daughter, Christina.



Cynthia:  There’s more of these captivating photos on the Bored Panda site here.  

So what do you think, Marcy? Aren’t you just lulled into a tranquil state of mind? I can even hear the soothing sound of the waves as they lap up against the shore. So peaceful…

Marcy is panicked. 

Marcy (yelling):  cough cough… I’m not ready for ThrowUp Thursday!  cough cough …

Cynthia observes Marcy recklessly racing around the house, her tranquility shattered.

Cynthia (thoughtfully):  Some days I wonder what it would be like to have a goldfish for a pet.

Marcy:  hack… hack… hack… nothing… hack… hack…


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  • Reply Big Momma May 22, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Those are amazing. I wonder why the process wasn’t used more often. I didn’t know there was such a thing as color photos back then. And the color is so vivid.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 22, 2015 at 3:42 am

      Did you check out the Bored panda site? There’s more of them!

  • Reply Patty May 25, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Wow! Those are so cool!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 25, 2015 at 4:02 am

      Yay! I think so too!

  • Reply Liana May 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Those are so lovely. It makes me think of how much beautiful artwork is out there waiting to be discovered.

    I like the new blog! Nice work!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Liana! It is taking me much longer than expected to work out all of the kinks. I plan to be up and running like normal very soon!

  • Reply Meredith Knox May 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I can’t believe those photos were from 1913 either! I thought this was a recent editorial for vogue or something…wow!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 29, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Crazy amazing, isn’t it! Oh my gosh, Merrie – it is taking me hours and hours to reformat all of my past posts! Have you completed your switch back to blogspot? I’m going to run over there and check now.

  • Reply Liz May 29, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Wow! I’m sitting here with my mouth open as I take in these images. I love this sort of thing. They look like they’re out of a dream, don’t they? I always associate these hazy photos with the 60s, so it’s incredible to know they’re from the 1930s. It’s amazing how photography has evolved, hasn’t it? These photos were such treasures then because personal photography was still fairly new and extraordinary. Now we snap photos of everything, and I think we’ve lost our sentimentality a bit because we try to make everything sentimental on Instagram and social media. It gets a bit overwhelming.

    Thanks for sharing these this Friday morning. I’m captivated!

    <3 Liz

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 29, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      I am going to blow your mind even more – these photos are from 1913! I can’t even believe it!

  • Reply Gwen June 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Wow, thank you for sharing these, Cynthia! These are the most incredibly gorgeous photos – she reminds me of Miranda from the Tempest in that top one! I almost can’t believe these were taken in 1913 and are over 100 years old, and that this girl is long dead…

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 2, 2015 at 4:56 am

      It is so mind boggling isn’t it? Just mesmerizing!

      And yes! Miranda from The Tempest for sure!!


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