Moorish Family in the Cemetery, Algiers, Algeria

Description

This photochrome print of a family visiting a cemetery 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 searoutes: Handbook for Travellers described a number of cemeteries in the city, including the Cimetière Musulman de Belcourt, and cemeteries for the Jewish and Christian communities on the slopes of Mont Bouzaréah, under the church of Notre Dame d’Afrique. The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and searoutes: Handbook for Travellers described the old city of Algiers as presenting “a highly attractive picture of Oriental life, though partly inhabited by Maltese and Spaniards as well as by Mohammedans of various races and creeds.” Arabs were the dominant group in the population, then as now, but many of the people were Berbers or from other Mahgribi population groups. The family in the photograph is identified as Moorish, a term that refers to people of mixed Arab and Berber descent who inhabit the coastal regions of northwestern Africa, including Algeria.

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Publication Information

Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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Physical Description

1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color

Notes

  • 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. "16561".

Last updated: August 13, 2014