Between 1890 and 1900, a tremendous number of beautiful, crystal-clear photochrom prints were made of European beaches in Poland, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, England, the Isle of Man, Holland, Wales, Scotland, West Prussia.

Photochrom prints, also called Aäc, are ink-based images produced using 6 to 15 colors and the lithography printing process. The technique was invented by the Swiss Hans Jakob Schmid (1856-1924) in the 1880s.

This wonderful collection of photographs is from the Library of Congress.

The beach and Kursaal, Scheveningen, Holland
The tower with beach, Blackpool, England
The beach, Warnemü̈nde, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany
Llandudno, Wales
Southsea beach, England
The beach, Teignmouth, England
The beach, St. Pair, France
The beach, sea baths, Tréport, France
The beach, San Sebastián, Spain
The beach, Portobello, Scotland
Southsea beach, England
Southsea Beach
The beach and hotels, Scheveningen, Holland
The beach, Exmouth, England
The beach and villas, Blankenberghe, Belgium
The beach with North Pier, Blackpool, England
New Brighton Beach, Liverpool, England
The beach, Scheveningen, Holland
Norderney, life on the beach, Germany
Douglas, the beach, Isle of Man
Beach, Zoppot, West Prussia, Germany (i.e., Sopot, Poland)
Beach, Overstrand, England
Beach, Borkum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Barricane Shell Beach, Mortehoe, England
Beach at bathing time, Granville, France
Beach and park, Colberg, Pomerania, Germany (i.e.,Kołobrzeg, Poland)
Beach and casino, Dinard, France