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Historical Images

Copyrights expire after a certain period of time and the works automatically enter the public domain. The copyright period is usually 70 years on top of the remaining lifetime of the work’s creator or owner.  All works copyrighted or published in the US prior to  January 1, 1923 are now in the public domain.

Within Europe there have been attempts to harmonise copyright terms across the Member States for about 25 years now. In theory, the copyright duration has been harmonised to 70 years after the death of the last surviving author. The same date of 1 January 1923 can therefore be used for Europe.

Combined with the fact that almost all Photo and Autochrome were produced in the period 1890-1920, this led to the following premise that all photos on this website belong to the Public Domain.

It is the intention of to comply with all copyright laws. If inadvertently any copyright material has been used it will immediately be removed from the website upon notification.