Quai Vert, Bruges, Belgium


This photochrome print of the Quai Vert (Green quay) in Bruges is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Belgium” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The Quai Vert is a picturesque waterway that flows through Bruges, alongside some of the city’s best-known buildings, including the Maison du Franc (Palace of the Liberty of Bruges). In his Land and People of the World, the British writer and explorer Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston (1858–1927) observed: "The Green Quay is well-named. It is a paradise of greenery, with verdure peeping out everywhere amid the russet roofs and walls, filling the silent canal with reflected gleams of green."

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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 7, 2014