Beggars in front of the Mosque “Sidi Abderrhaman,” Algiers, Algeria


This photochrome print of the Mosque of Sidi Abderrahman in Algiers is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The mosque was built in 1696 and dedicated to the learned marabout (holy man or mystic) Sidi Abderrahman (circa 1387–1468). The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and searoutes: Handbook for Travellers told tourists that the mosque “has no attraction beyond its elegant minaret, adorned with coloured tiles; but its situation near the Jardin Marengo, and the charming view it commands, are most impressive. The kubba [tomb] of the saint is bedecked, as is usual in the case of such tombs, with flags, ostrich-eggs, and other offerings. The small burial-grounds attached are relics of the chief Mohammedan cemetery.”

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Detroit Photographic 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.
  • Print no. "6290".

Last updated: August 13, 2014