c. 1929: Fort Worth, Texas – A cowgirl shows her sister how to handle the ropes.
1930: New Orleans, Louisiana – Five boys sit together, eating large watermelon slices.
1929: Hopi Indian Reservation – Two men stand by a car in a field looking at the nearby canyons.
1930: Washington, D.C. – A woman looks at fruit from a vendor in front of the U.S. Capital.
c. 1929: New Orleans, Louisiana – A boy sits on a barrel outside a brewery in the French Quarter.
1929: Columbus, Ohio – A view of the high street in Columbus’ business district.
1927: Montana – Three men stand in front of a plane on the Crow Reservation.
1927: Montana – A chief on the Crow Indian Reservation.
1929: New York City – A view of Washington Square at Fifth Avenue.
1929: Ohio – People walk through stands at a Loundonville fair.
c. 1929: A woman sits outside the doorway of the Absinthe House in New Orleans.
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.