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    20 Mind-Blowing Color Pics Of Early 1900s Paris

    Seeing history in color makes it so much more exciting.

    Paris in black and white may win in the nostalgic and dreamy departments. But seeing these rare, full color photos of Paris between 1907 and 1930 is downright eye-opening. These were shot in direct color using the Autochrome process developed by the famous Lumière brothers.

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    1. Soldiers hang out at the Exelmans métro stop.

    2. Hôtel de Ville, city hall of Paris, all dressed up.

    3. The Grand Palais, an historic exhibition site where Chanel usually has its fashion shows.

    4. A girl rides a Razor Scooter down Avenue Hoche in 1914.

    5. Rue de Rivoli.

    6. Notre Dame, looking as awesome as ever.

    7. Général Le Peg.

    8. Les Invalides.

    9. An entrance to the Place des Vosges looks eerily similar to how it does today.

    10. Looking down Quai des Orfèvres, you can see the top of Notre Dame in the distance.

    11. Looking down Île Saint-Louis.

    12. A rare color view of the flood of 1910.

    13. You know this one.

    14. Flower sellers at La Madeleine.

    15. The Eiffel Tower doesn't make this cool light show anymore!

    16. Bully shoes!

    17. Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis in 1914.

    18. Looking over the Seine, Notre Dame in the distance.

    19. Fireworks!

    20. The Pathé Gobelins movie theater in 1918.