General View from Mustapha, I, Algiers, Algeria
This photochrome print of Algiers, taken from the neighborhood of Mustapha, is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Mustapha, at the southern end of the city, was described in the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers as “the industrial quarters of Algiers.” However, as this image shows, Mustapha Supérieur also had fine hotels and villas set in beautiful gardens. The photograph depicts the harbor with a splendid view of the bay as well as of the Champ de Manoeuvres, the city’s racecourse and exercise ground for troops. The neighborhood of Mustapha was home to the “finest Mohammedan burial-ground in Algiers,” the Cimetière Musulman de Belcourt, site of the tomb of the famous Algerian saint, Sidi Abderrahmân Bu-Kobrin (died 1793). A nearby grotto was reputed to have been the hiding place of Cervantes in one of his attempts to escape from captivity in Algiers and, Baedeker pointed out, held a bust of the Spanish author and a memorial tablet.
Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan
Type of Item
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.
- Print no. "6202".
Last updated: August 13, 2014