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1900 America

Hardcover with fold-outs, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 8.44 lb, 612 pages
US$ 80
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: January 2023
Produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924, these rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images are the very first color pictures of North America. An unparalleled voyage across peoples, places, and time unfolds in this sweeping panorama that ranges from Native American settlements to New York’s Chinatown, from the Grand Canyon to Atlantic City.

Customer reviews (7)

Once Upon a Time in America

Rediscovering the first color photographs
of North America
These rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images from the private collection of Marc Walter were produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924. Using a photolithographic process that predated the autochrome by nearly 20 years, they offered people the very first color photographs of the United States. Suddenly, the continent’s colors were available for all to see. From the rich ochres and browns of the Grand Canyon to the dazzle of Atlantic City, these places were now a visual delight not only for eyewitnesses but for Americans far and wide.

Imbued with a sense of discovery and adventure, the pictures gathered here are a voyage through peoples, places, and time. They take us through North America’s vast and varied landscape, where we encounter its many communities, and above all transport us back to the United States of over a century ago. Across more than 600 pages including fold-out spreads, this sweeping panorama takes us from Native American settlements to New York’s Chinatown, from some of the last cowboys to Coney Island’s heyday. As luminous now as they were some 120 years ago, these rare and remarkable images that brought America to Americans now bring America’s past to our present.
The authors

Graphic designer, photographer, and collector Marc Walter (1949–2018) specialized in vintage travel photographs, particularly photochromes, of which he held one of the world’s largest collections. He published numerous books featuring images from his collection as well as his own photographs.

Sabine Arqué is a photo researcher, editor, and author. She has collaborated on numerous publications on the themes of travel, the history of tourism, and photography.

1900 America
Hardcover with fold-outs, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 8.44 lb, 612 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-6791-6
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

Customer reviews (7)


Gregory, March 25, 2022
I proudly own several Taschen large-sized books and enjoy looking through every one of them -- and this one is like going on a journey through times that must have been exciting, scary and filled with the unknown, so new was America still at the turn of the century. My grandmother was born at that time and she told me so many stories of what life was like then, that I feel like I am reliving those days through this book. Bravo to Taschen once again!

A past that never comes back

Jean-Claude, November 07, 2021
Ever since I was a little boy I always felt curious about the past. Going through this book you are being catapulted into a world that doenst exist anymore, but a world that has been reality to many other people. I can watch the photographs for hours, thinking about the people, what they might have thought the moment the picture was taken, the world in which they were living, their everyday's challenges etc... The world still exist on pictures but is defintely gone. Thank you Taschen.

Immersive photographic snapshot of America on the verge of the centuries.

Nikolai, November 01, 2021
As you open the book, you get transported back in time with beautiful photos. Whether you like cities or epic landscapes, or people, there is something for everyone.

Feeling like a Time Traveler

Jennifer, October 27, 2021
As soon as I opened this book I got submerged into a different world. It is a surreal experience to see photographs from a time you primarily thought to be exclusively monochrome. The vibrant colors of every single page and the broad panorama shots convey a immediacy as if the photographs were taken yesterday. An astonishing documentation of the United States as you have not seen before.

Just amazing

Danielius, October 27, 2021
America 1900 is amazing in tranferring you in time into end of XIX century. One of best (if not the best piece) of series, followed by France, Italy, Germany and Grand Tour books. Also inspired me to the book American Odyssey (XXL version of the same book, now out of print).

Multicultural America

Marco Fratini, October 27, 2021
Through the photographs of a century ago, we are reminded of how the birth of the United States of America took place from a multicultural reality, with its social and cultural conflicts. Great book!

Ein Traum von Amerika

Richard, October 29, 2021
Ein wundervolles Buch, das eine vergangene Epoche wiederaufstehen lässt. Wo sonst kann man so einen detaillierten und liebevoll recherchierten Einblick in eine komplett andere Zeit erhalten? Ein wundervolles Werk in der bewährt exzellenten TASCHEN-Qualität.
1900 America
1900 America
US$ 80
1900 America