Old and charming Venice: 20 captivating pictures from the 1890s


The Belle Époque Venice cards were printed by a publishing company in Detroit using the Photochrom process. The laborious technology needed a lot of time, but it allowed to colorize black and white photographs as early as the 19th century.
This version of chromolithography was invented in the 1880s by Hans Jakob Schmidt, an employee of the Swiss printing company Orell Gessner Füssli. The process involved creating a lithographic stone from the negative of a photograph. A separate printing plate was made for each color. More than a dozen printing stones could be used to make a single postcard, an finally a surprisingly realistic color images were obtained.
Grand Canal in the moonlight


A view from the bell tower


Doge’s Palace


Inside San Marco cathedral


Gondolas and Piazzetta San Marco


Procession in front of San Marco cathedral


A concert on San Marco square

Piazzetta


Secco Marina in San Guiseppe


Doge’s Palace and Piazzetta


San Giorgio Maggiore Island


Three bridges

Procession across Grand Canal


Palazzo Pesaro on Grand Canal

Grand Canal


Grand Canal and Rialto bridge


Bridge of Paradise


Rialto bridge


San Marco square and campanile


The Golden house

Old courtyard in Venice

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