25 Amazingly Detailed Color Photographs of Victorian Beaches in Europe

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