Color Photos of Brazil in 1909: Archives of the Planet Vol. 1

In 1909, French photographer Auguste Leon (1857-1942), who worked for the project “Archives of the Planet” (French: Les Archives de la Planète), visited Brazil and captured alluring color photos of the country. 

Archives of the Planet was a project initiated by Albert Kahn, a French banker and philanthropist, and it aimed to create “a kind of photographic inventory of the surface of the earth, as it was occupied and organized by men at the beginning of the 20th century.” We may consider it to be an oldschool Google Maps.

Disclaimer: The photos belong to the archives of “Autochrome de Auguste Leon” © Musée Albert-Khan – Département des Hauts-de-Seine”

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Guanabara Bay and the Gloria district below – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
The courtyard of the Torre Malakof during a military parade – Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil – September 1909
Near the station – Petropolis, Brazil – September 1909
Near the station – Petropolis, Brazil – September 1909
Entrance to the Agassis Caves in the Tijuca Forest – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
View of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas from the Sumaré Road – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
Villas in the Santa Teresa district towards the Tijuca Massif – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
The neighborhood of Santa Teresa and Guanabara Bay – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
In the Gloria district – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
Paissandu Avenue in the Flamengo district- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
In the neighborhood of Santa Tereza – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
In the background on the left, the “Castelinho”
Houses in the Gloria district – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
View taken from the Sumaré Road towards the Tijuca Massif – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
View of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas from the Sumaré Road – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
Comércio Street – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
On board the Avon, near Madeira or the Brazilian coast – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
Three passengers (including Auguste Léon on the right?) Aboard the Avon – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 1909
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