The Dome des Invalides, Paris, France


This photochrome print of Paris is part of “Views of Architecture, Monuments, and Other Sites in France” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The Dôme des Invalides comprises a section of the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides (Church of Les Invalides), which contains the tomb of Emperor Napoleon I. Les Invalides, which occupies about 12 hectares of land, was founded by Louis XIV in 1670. It was designed by Libéral Bruant (circa 1635–97) in the classical French architectural style as a facility to provide elderly, injured, or incapacitated soldiers with shelter and care. The Dôme des Invalides was designed by the prominent 17th-century French architect Jules Hardouin Mansart (1646–1708). The 1900 edition of Baedeker's Paris and its Environs, with routes from London to Paris: Handbook for Travellers noted: “The conspicuous gilded dome . . . 86 ft. in diameter, gilded during the first Empire, and again, by the electro-plating system, in 1861, is constructed of woodwork covered with lead, and is embellished with reliefs representing military trophies."

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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.

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