Notre Dame, and St. Michael Bridge, Paris, France


This photochrome print of Paris, part of “Views of Architecture, Monuments, and Other Sites in France” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905), offers a view of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pont St. Michel. Located on the Ile-de-la-Cité in the River Seine, the cathedral is known for its magnificent Gothic architecture, stained glass windows, and statuary depicting figures and scenes from the Bible. Construction of Notre Dame began in 1163, on the site of a fourth-century church. The most distinctive features of the church, the two Western towers and north rose window seen in this photograph, were completed in 1250. The remaining parts were completed in 1345. The 1900 edition of Baedeker's Paris and its Environs, with routes from London to Paris: Handbook for Travellers described Pont St. Michel as "a handsome bridge, rebuilt in 1857, which commands a fine view of Notre-Dame.”

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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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