Here’s What Traveling Through Rome Looked Like in 1890
With photography in its incipient stages, photocrom prints were as close as our ancestors got to postcards. While the images may look like photographs, they are actually ink-based photolithographs. Often featuring subjects appealing to travelers like landscapes or architecture, the prints were either shared with loved ones (like postcards) or hung for display. Below are a set of prints featuring Rome in the late 19th century, produced by the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. See the Italian capital as it looked in 1890, with horse-drawn carriages on the cobblestone streets in place of its modern-day tangle of traffic.
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