The Beach and the Sea, Blankenberghe, Belgium


This photochrome print of the beach and sea in Blankenberghe, Belgium, is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Belgium” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Blankenberghe was known in the late 19th century as a seaside resort. Baedeker’s Belgium and Holland including the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (1905) noted: “As a sea-bathing resort, Blankenberghe has become a rival of Ostend, being visited by 35,000 persons annually, half of whom are Germans.” The wheeled beach cabins lining the shore were an innovation adopted from England in the late 1830s. They served as a convenient dressing area, and were popular among the upper classes who could afford them, especially among families with children.

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Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan


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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • 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.

Last updated: July 3, 2014