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.

Country Quantity Call Number
Algeria 74 LOT 13420
Austro-Hungarian Empire 591 LOT 13417
Bahamas 6 LOT 13923
Belgium 108 LOT 13422
Canada 31 LOT 13923
Cuba 2 LOT 13923
Denmark 14 LOT 13421
England 1,118 LOT 13415
France 518 LOT 13418
French and Italian Riviera 79 LOT 13425
Germany 1,207 LOT 13411 (the LOT also includes images in Poland, Czech Republic, and Russia)
Holy Land 143 LOT 13424 (the LOT includes Israel, Jerusalem, Lebanon, and West Bank)
Ireland 121 LOT 13406
Italy 318 LOT 13434
Latvia 8 LOT 13419
Luxembourg 2 LOT 13429
Montenegro 7 LOT 13430
Netherlands 116 LOT 13423
Norway 155 LOT 13432
Poland 91 LOT 13411 and LOT 13419
Romania 8 LOT 13431
Russia 72 LOT 13411 and LOT 13419
Scotland 182 LOT 13407
Serbia 4 LOT 13433
Spain 8 LOT 13426
Switzerland 741 LOT 13410
Tunisia 41 LOT 13427
Turkey 28 LOT 13428
Ukraine 44 LOT 13419
United States 391 LOT 13923
Wales 167 LOT 13408
Unidentified (Europe) 25 LOT 13512
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