The Iron Bridge, Warsaw, Russia (i.e. Warsaw, Poland)


This photochrome print of Warsaw 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). It depicts the 512-meter bridge, previously known as the Alexander Bridge, constructed by Stanislaw Kierbedz (1810–99) in 1859–65. The first iron bridge to span the Vistula River, Kierbedz’s work was an early manifestation of Warsaw’s urbanization and industrialization. Baedeker’s Russia with Teheran, Port Arthur, and Peking (1914) described the structure as “an iron girder-bridge supported on five piers rising from the river. The bridge affords a pretty view of Warsaw.” After its destruction in World War II, the bridge was rebuilt in 1949 and renamed the Ślasko-Dabrowski Bridge.

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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: September 4, 2013