First color photos of Ireland taken by two French women in 1913 by Michelle K Smith / Irish Central

A 14-year-old girl wearing a traditonal cape, at the Claddagh, Galway, in 1913.MARGUERITE MESPOULET AND MADELEINE MIGNON ALBA

“These stunning pictures, taken by Marguerite Mespoulet and Madeleine Mignon-Alba during their trip to Ireland in 1913, are believed to be the first color photos of Ireland ever taken.

The French women were part of a world-wide project titled “The Archives of the Planet.” French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn created the project to compose a “kind of photographic inventory of the surface of the earth as it was occupied and organized by Man at the beginning of the 20th century.” His project captured some of the first color photographs taken in Ireland, the United States, Norway, Vietnam, and Brazil.”

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