From Peter Church, with Fraumünster and Alpenkette, Zurich, Switzerland


This photochrome print of Zurich as seen from the St. Peter’s Church is part of “Views of Switzerland” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The church dates from the Middle Ages and, according to Baedeker’s Switzerland and the adjacent portions of Italy, Savoy, and Tyrol (1913), had “[a] massive tower and large electric clock.” The print shows a small section of Zurich, with a view of the Alps in the background, the Limmat River, which flows into Lake Zurich, and two bridges, including the four-arched Münster Brücke (Münster Bridge), and the medieval Fraumünster Kirche (Frau-Münster Abbey), “with its high red-roofed tower, on the left bank,” dating from the 12th-13th century.

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Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan


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Physical Description

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.
  • Title devised by Library staff.
  • Print no. "17001".

Last updated: September 4, 2013