Castle and Mediaeval Market Town, Turin, Italy


This photochrome print of a medieval castle and market town is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Italy” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Situated along the Po River in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, Turin was the site of the 1884 Esposizione Generale Italiana Artistica e Industriale (Italian General Art and Industrial Exhibition). The exhibition featured a medieval castle, the Castello Mediaevale, and the medieval marketplace, Borgo Mediaevale, which were intended to convey to visitors an impression of life in the Middle Ages. Based on an idea by the architect Alfredo Cesare Reis Freira d'Andrade (1839–1915), the buildings were patterned after examples found throughout Italy, including the Castle of Fénis in the Aosta Valley and a village in the Piedmont. The 1906 edition of Baedeker's Italy: Handbook for Travellers called the structures "an interesting reproduction of a castle of the 15th cent., and of the little borough belonging to it."

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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. "8540".

Last updated: July 3, 2014