Colour photos of Britain in the 1920s

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The past is a different place, especially when you see it through black and white photographs. 
 
But once it’s viewed in colour things look a little more familiar. Suddenly, the people look are modern human beings: like us, but without Zella videos on You Tube. 
 
You can see those similarities of Clifton R Adams’s photos of England in the 1920s and 1930s. For a decade the American photographer was sent to capture life in Britain by National Geographic magazine: using the Autochrome process which enabled him to shoot in colour. 
 
These images come from 1928 and show life in London, Lancashire, Oxfordshire and the Midlands, a time when a large proportion of the population still worked in agriculture – their lives both contemporary, and looking at the chaps carting hay about, medieval, too. 
 
Sadly, Adams died at the age of 44 in 1934, but his photos live on, reminding us of Britain’s transition from ancient to modern. 
 
Tip: Retronaut







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