history as THEY SAW IT

Shortlisted for the British Book Design & Production Awards 2018




 July 1888: The Eiffel Tower under construction, Paris (Roger Viollet)


‘The Paper Time Machine is a book that will change the way you think about the past. 

‘It contains 124 historical black-and-white photographs, reconstructed in colour by Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome, and introduced by Wolfgang Wild – creator and curator of the Retronaut website. The site has become a global phenomenon, collecting images that collapse the distance between the past and present and tear a hole in our map of time.  The time-bending images in The Paper Time Machine have been painstakingly restored and rendered in full and accurate colour by Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome, a company that has taken the craft of colour reconstruction to a new level.’


1882: The Statue of Liberty under construction (Albert Fernique / Library of Congress)


Editor: Jo Keeling  Design: Tina Smith

Additional design: Johnathan Montelongo


The Paper Time Machine's pictures of Ellis Island Immigrants were used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' documentary film USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island. A collaboration between the USCIS History Office and Library and the USCIS Office of Communications’ Multimedia Division, the film tells the story of Ellis Island through the perspective of those who worked there and highlights the historical connections between the agency’s mission and the iconic historic site.