Library of Congress Adds Large Photochrom Collection

The Library of Congress has put online more than 6,000 old full color “photochroms” from around the United States and the world that are of high interest to genealogists. These images date from the 1890s to the 1910s. Genealogists will want to search this collection for images from the areas around their ancestral home towns.

Photo: Maison du France, Bruges, Belgium. [between ca. 1890 – ca. 1900]
Source: Library of Congress, Maison du France, Bruges, Belgium. [between ca. 1890 – ca. 1900] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J, foreign section. Detroit, Michigan: Detroit Publishing Company, ca. 1905. Print no. “6408.”
According to the Library of Congress guide to this collection:

“[These] richly colored images look like photographs but are actually ink-based photolithographs, usually 6.5 x 9 inches.

“Like postcards, [these] photochroms feature subjects that appeal to travelers, including landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and daily life and culture. The prints were sold as souvenirs and often collected in albums or framed for display.

“These prints were created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan.”

Search this collection here:


Click the links below to see the images for the country/area that interests you.

CountryQuantityCall Number
Algeria74LOT 13420
Austro-Hungarian Empire591LOT 13417
Bahamas6LOT 13923
Belgium108LOT 13422
Canada31LOT 13923
Cuba2LOT 13923
Denmark14LOT 13421
England1,118LOT 13415
France518LOT 13418
French and Italian Riviera79LOT 13425
Germany1,207LOT 13411 (the LOT also includes images in Poland, Czech Republic, and Russia)
Holy Land143LOT 13424 (the LOT includes Israel, Jerusalem, Lebanon, and West Bank)
Ireland121LOT 13406
Italy318LOT 13434
Latvia8LOT 13419
Luxembourg2LOT 13429
Montenegro7LOT 13430
Netherlands116LOT 13423
Norway155LOT 13432
Poland91LOT 13411 and LOT 13419
Romania8LOT 13431
Russia72LOT 13411 and LOT 13419
Scotland182LOT 13407
Serbia4LOT 13433
Spain8LOT 13426
Switzerland741LOT 13410
Tunisia41LOT 13427
Turkey28LOT 13428
Ukraine44LOT 13419
United States391LOT 13923
Wales167LOT 13408
Unidentified (Europe)25LOT 13512

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