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We can’t stop staring at these amazing, hand-tinted lantern slides from Norway

The expressivity of Munch meets both naturalism and romanticism in these hand tinted photographs from the early 20th century.

Going into the 20th century, Norway was already an attractive holiday destination for the wealthy in the UK and on the Continent.

The film medium was new and rather primitive at that time, and there weren’t exactly any smartphone cameras around (also, this was obviously before VisitNorway.com was up and running…).

So just how would potential travellers get an impression of this (actually not-so-) far off country, before embarking on the journey? Well, for instance with magic lanterns – already an old technology, and the precursor to modern slide projectors.

The official archives of Sogn og Fjordande county (that is, Sogn og Fjordande fylkesarkiv) have shared dozens of hand tinted lantern slides on Flickr, taken well over 100 years ago at popular tourist destinations around the fjords and inland Norway. Mashable also recently shared these pictures, and rightly point out that they are somewhat … psychedelic.

They are taken by at least two British photographers: The professional Samuel J. Beckett, and the keen amateur P. Heywood Hadfield. You can read more about them and their stories in the original album on Flickr.

See a selection of the amazing pictures here:
Stalheimsfossen
Stalheimsfossen
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Bergen
Bergen
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Gudvangen
Gudvangen
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Djupvasshytta
Djupvasshytta
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Hellesylt
Hellesylt
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Man and child
Man and child
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Glittertind
Glittertind
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Kviknes Hotel
Kviknes Hotel
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Men working on the tram line
Men working on tram line
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Stalheimskleiva
Stalheimskleiva
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Picnic
Picnic
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
Bondehusbreen
Bondehusbreen
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

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