Incredible Hand-Tinted Postcards Capture 1890s Ireland In Vivid Color

These postcards of the sweeping hills, cliffs, and towns of Ireland were created using the Photochrom process, a complex method of imbuing black-and-white photographs with relatively realistic color.

Glenoe Village, County Antrim.

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The closely-guarded process was invented in the 1880s by an employee of a Swiss printing company. It entailed coating a tablet of lithographic limestone with a light-sensitive emulsion, then exposing it to sunlight under a photo negative.

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Glenariff, County Antrim.

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Dungarvan Bridge and Harbor, County Waterford.

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Dargle Bridge, County Wicklow.

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Bray, County Wicklow.

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Vale of Avoca, County Wicklow.

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Rope bridge, Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim.

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The Honeycombs, Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim.

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Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim.

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Portrush, County Antrim.

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Dunluce Castle, County Antrim.

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Royal Avenue, Belfast, County Antrim.

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Lisdoonvarna, County Clare.

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Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff, County Cork.

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Tunnel near Glengarriff, County Cork.

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Patrick Street, Cork, County Cork.

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Blackrock Castle, County Cork.

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Glengarriff Harbor, County Cork.

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Powerscourt Waterfall, County Wicklow.

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Queenstown, County Cork.

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Queenstown Harbor, County Cork.

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Newcastle, County Down.

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Bank of Ireland, Dublin, County Dublin.

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Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh.

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Ruins, Devenish Island, Lough Erne, County Fermanagh.

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Killary Bay, Connemara, County Galway.

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Valentia, County Kerry.

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Ross Castle, Killarney, County Kerry.

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The quays, Waterford, County Waterford.

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Muckross Abbey, Killarney, County Kerry.

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Menawn Cliffs, Achill, County Mayo.

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Spinner and spinning wheel, County Galway.

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