Entrance to the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, 1945.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A Dufaycolor colour transparency taken by an unknown photographer. The building is decorated with bunting and flags to celebrate VE (Victory in Europe) Day and the end of World War Two in Europe. Erected in 1908-1911, the Royal Liver Building was designed by W Aubrey Thomas. It is one of the earliest examples of multi-storey reinforced concrete construction. The Dufaycolor process was introduced as cine film in 1932 and as rollfilm for still photography in 1935. Based on Frenchman Louis Dufay's (1874-1936) Dioptichrome process of 1908, it was the last 'additive' colour process to be marketed and consisted of a very fine, regular filter screen made up of red, green and blue lines printed on a film base. Dufaycolor was popular with both amateur and professional photographers and survived until the 1950s.