The Sacred Wood, Blidah, Algeria


This photochrome print from Blida, Algeria, is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). According to the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers, the town was “one of the pleasantest provincial towns in Algeria, with a strong garrison … charmingly situated at the N. base of the Tell Atlas, on the right bank of the Oued el-Kebir.” Blida was a Roman military site, but the town “is said to have been founded by Andalusian Moors in 1535; in 1825 it was destroyed by an earthquake; it has been rebuilt since 1838, but in 1867 it was again much damaged by an earthquake.” Shown here is the “famous Bois Sacré [sacred wood], where two picturesque tombs of saints are shaded by superb groups of Aleppo pines, araucarias, and olive-trees.”

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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. "6242".

Last updated: August 13, 2014