The First Color Photo, 1951

SUMMER 1951 – A color photo shows a woman, two girls, and a dog in the dunes of St.-Peter-Ording in Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the photo

This is the first color photo in our family archive. Presumably shot by my grandmother Edith, it shows (from left to right): Irmgardt Wendt (the nanny), Editha (my aunt), Peggy (the dog) and Inga (my mother.)

Despite being from 1951, the print is still in a fair condition today, and I am very happy about that. However, it this surprises me as well, because I’ve encountered many color photos from the 1960s and 1970s that have faded almost completely. So, the photo lab did something right with this photo.

I like the strong colors of the clothing that contrasts well with the blue sky and the grass in the dunes.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1951
LocationSt.-Peter-Ording, Germany
Image Source9 x 13 cm Print from Original Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6312 x 4208 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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