Bosphorus (i.e. Bosporus), View from Kuleli, Constantinople, Turkey


This photochrome print of the Bosporus in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). This view shows the Bosporus from the Asian shore, looking across from Kuleli and Kandilli to Roumeli Hissar on the western or European side. Roumeli Hissar Castle commands the narrowest part of the Bosporus and was built by Sultan Mehmed II in 1452 as he made plans to lay siege to Constantinople. At the time this photograph was taken, Kandilli was still a heavily wooded area. Kuleli was the site of the Kuleli Military High School, built in 1845 by Sultan Abdülmecit.

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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. "16522".

Last updated: January 8, 2018