Wengern Alp, Cheese Dairy, Cowkeeper Milking Cow, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland


This photochrome print of a cowkeeper at a cheese dairy in the Wengern Alp is part of “Views of Switzerland” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Located in the Bernese highlands near Wengen in central Switzerland, the Wengern Alp is an elevated meadow that in the 19th century was a popular attraction where tourists marveled at the view. The Wengern Alp was also a summer cattle-grazing ground. Farmers would lead their cows to the meadow and keep them there for about one hundred days. Farmers and hired hands would milk the cows and make cheese.

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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.
  • Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J--foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905.
  • Print no. "1626".

Last updated: September 4, 2013