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King Frederic VIII and Queen Louise of Denmark, Paris [the first news pictures in color] 
1907, 17 June 
  
Autochrome 
L'Illustration 
© L‘Illustration 
  
 
LL/8932 
  
This color photograph of King Frederic VIII and Queen Louise of Denmark, taken on June 17, 1907 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris and published in the Illustration on June 29, 1907
 
In the June 22 1907 issue, the Illustration announced the publication of this portrait as follows:
 
"All the newspapers reported that on Monday morning, before their departure, the King and the Queen of Denmark had been photographed "in color" for the Illustration.
 
The day before, M. Maurice Herbette, the Ministry Attaché, had presented to the King and the Queen and excellent color picture taken by our journalist Leon Gimpel, in the salon of their Quai d'Orsay apartment. Delighted by this first portrait, the King and the Queen agreed to give a formal "recognition" to the discovery of MM LumiÞre, the French discoverers, and had their color picture taken on the staircase of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The original will be sent to them in Copenhagen through the services of the French Embassy, and we will publish a copy in the next issue of the magazine."

 
With the publication of this portrait on June 29, 1907, the Illustration indicated "that this color portrait had been developed and printed in 92,000 copies in ten days: all the persons with some knowledge in the art of typography will agree that it is an absolute "tour de force". 
 

 
  
 
  
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