The Cascades, Constantine, Algeria


This photochrome print of a scene in Constantine (present-day Qacentina), Algeria, is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The print features a waterfall in one of the ravines that border the city, which, according to the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and searoutes: Handbook for Travellers, “present a most impressive scene, especially during the melting of the snow or after heavy rain,” and which are traversed by three bridges and contain the ruins of a Roman bridge and aqueduct. Baedeker’s described the town as “typically Berber in its difficulty of access,” because it “lies on a chalky limestone plateau, descending…to the Ravine of the Rhumel.” The plateau is the focus of the city, and “the chief centres of trade and manufacture are still the native quarters, resembling the Kasba of Algiers, the picturesque charm of which has so far been marred by the construction of but a few new streets.”

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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. "6230".

Last updated: April 28, 2015