The Kursaal, (i.e., Cursaal), Ostend, Belgium


This photochrome print of the Kursaal in Ostend is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Belgium” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Built in 1875 alongside the Albert I promenade that overlooks the North Sea, this concert hall was one of the main attractions of the seaside resort of Ostend. Baedeker’s Belgium and Holland including the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (1905) described the hall as the “principal resort of visitors during the bathing-season . . . open to subscribers only. The day ticket . . . admits to the restaurant, café, reading-room, and billiard-room, and to the entertainment on the programme for the day.”

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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