Color photography was invented in 1935 – yet a collection of photographs of Russia circa 1910 exists. The photographer traveled all over Russia for Tsar Nicolas II, and took three pictures of each subject, using red, green and blue filters. They were combined & projected, and I have to say, it is truly amazing to see how sharp, clear and new these photos are! It is hard to believe they are from 100 years ago.
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The Boston Globe published some of them last week:
The original glass plates are at the Library of Congress. You can view all 2600 photos, and each online record will show the composite filtered photo, the black & whites, & then the recombined projected photo (where the colors look real).