I found some color photographs from the early 1900′s, Youdopia. The image above is of Pinkus Karlinskii. That gorgeous color photo was taken in 1909, when Pinkus was 84 years old. He was born in 1825, and that is a color picture of him. That, to me, is the coolest shit ever. I had no idea color photography existed, let alone with such sophistication, so early. The man who took these photos was named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, and he was both a photographer, and chemist. That is probably how he was able to concoct a means to take vibrant color photographs.
This is pre-revolutionary Russia. The Czar is still in power. This is before World War One. It boggles my mind. If you are interested as well, please get thee to the Plog, of the Denver Post. They also have a wonderful series of color photographs taken during the Great Depression. Powerful stuff.