Tokyo, Japan

A garden corner of a residence (possibly of the Kitashirakawa family), Tokyo, Japan, 1926-1927, by Roger Dumas, via Archives of the Planet Collection – Albert Kahn Museum /Département des Hauts-de-Seine.

This autochrome is one of about seventy-two thousand that were commissioned and then archived by Albert Kahn, a wealthy French banker and pacifist, between 1909 and 1931. Kahn sent thirteen photographers and filmmakers to fifty countries “to fix, once and for all, aspects, practices, and modes of human activity whose fatal disappearance is no longer ‘a matter of time.'”* The resulting collection is called Archives de la Planète and now resides in its own museum at Kahn’s old suburban estate at Boulogne-Billancourt, just west of Paris. Since June 2016, the archive has also been available for viewing online here.


*words of Albert Kahn, 1912. Also, the above photo (70 965 XS) is © Collection Archives de la Planète – Musée Albert-Kahn and used under its terms, here.

The Sunday porch: Puebla, Mexico

Veranda restaurant of the Hotel Diligencias, Puebla, Mexico, between 1880 and 1897, by William Henry Jackson, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (both photos).

The veranda seems to go around the second floor of an internal courtyard.

I believe this is the same eating area from the other side.

Puebla was once a layover point for those traveling between Veracruz and Mexico City. In the 1880s, Jackson had a commission to take photographs of the Mexican Central Railroad.