Sometimes I forget that the past wasn't really in black and white or sepia tone. They lived in color too.
This is widely credited as being the first color photograph...from 1861! I though it was a diamond with fly's wings, but it's actually a tartan ribbon. I guess that makes more sense.
Once you start searching for these photos, it's kind of hard to stop.
And this one is my favorite.
The Smithsonian is awesome. Look at what they found! Photographs from the earthquake in SanFrancisco in 3D!!!!!
On another color note, check out this website.
This system creates the color of words:
"[we use] an averaging algorithm on the colour pixel values of the queried images, displaying the result incrementally as each picture is loaded. Taking the assumption that random images will average out to become grey, we can attribute any colour bias which deviates from grey, to the term as searched. Any further interpretation is then up to the user."That leads to results like this:
Here are some that I tried out: