Arabs Disputing, Algiers, Algeria
This photochrome print of men arguing on a street in Algiers is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers described the old city of Algiers as presenting “a highly attractive picture of Oriental life.” A place of diverse inhabitants for centuries, it was invaded or settled by Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, and pirates before the French conquest. Arabs were the dominant group in the population, then as now, but many of the people were Berbers or from other Mahgribi population groups.
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. "6286".
Last updated: February 12, 2016