The Place Iljinka, (i.e., Il'inka), Moscow, Russia


This photochrome print of Place Ilinka in Moscow is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites Primarily in Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Place Ilinka is located in Kitai-Gorod, an area near Red Square. As described in Baedeker’s Russia with Teheran, Port Arthur, and Peking (1914), “[the] central and main street of the Kitai-Gorod, almost exclusively occupied by wholesale houses and banks, is named the Ilyinka.” Kitai-Gorod was one of Moscow’s commercial centers, as evidenced by the construction of many banks and shops during the 19th century. The monument in the middle of Place Ilinka is a memorial to the fallen Russian soldiers from the Battle of Plevna (1877), which took place during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78. Designed by the Russian architect Vladimir Osipovich Shervud (1833–97), the monument was erected in 1887.

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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 18, 2014