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  • This photochrome print of a street in Sidi Okba, Algeria, is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The small town near Biskra sits on an oasis surrounded by palm trees. It was described in the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and searoutes: Handbook for Travellers as “the religious center of the Zab” owing “its origin and its fame as a resort of pilgrims to the tomb of Sidi Okba, who ended his victorious career in the adjacent oasis of Thouda. The now poor town, with its mud-built fortifications and houses…vividly recalls a medieval Sahara town.” The mosque of Sidi Okba is the oldest in Algeria, and holds the tomb of the seventh-century religious figure, as well as a Muslim legal school.

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  • Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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  • 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color

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  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Print no. "6296".

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