1929: New York City – A view of Washington Square at Fifth Avenue.
1929: Columbus, Ohio – A view of the high street in Columbus’ business district.
1929: Ohio – People walk through stands at a Loundonville fair.
1930: New Orleans, Louisiana – Five boys sit together, eating large watermelon slices.
1927: Montana – A chief on the Crow Indian Reservation.
1927: Montana – Three men stand in front of a plane on the Crow Reservation.
1930: Washington, D.C. – A woman looks at fruit from a vendor in front of the U.S. Capital.
c. 1929: A woman sits outside the doorway of the Absinthe House in New Orleans.
c. 1929: Fort Worth, Texas – A cowgirl shows her sister how to handle the ropes.
1929: Hopi Indian Reservation – Two men stand by a car in a field looking at the nearby canyons.
c. 1929: New Orleans, Louisiana – A boy sits on a barrel outside a brewery in the French Quarter.
These photographs were taken by National Geographic Society photographers using early Autochrome, the first commercially available color photographic process.
National Geographic Society photographers eventually moved on to other slightly more advanced photographic processes and finally to Kodachrome by 1938, but not before amassing a collection of more than 12,000 Autochromes.