Barbers near Seraskierat (i.e., Seraskerat) Constantinople, Turkey


This photochrome print showing barbers at work near the Seraskerat in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The barbers were part of a long tradition in Turkey, where styles of facial hair reflected rank, social status, and even political affiliation. The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers describes how “the Serasker Kapu, the modern southern gateway, leads into the court, now a drilling-ground, of the Seraskerat.” The Seraskerat was constructed in 1866 as the Ministry of War and is now the main building of Istanbul University. It is located just off Beyazit Square in Stambul, on the west (European) side of the Bosporus, “on the third hill of the city, the site of the forum of Theodosius I,” where “the old Oriental characteristics of the city still survive.”

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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. "6761".

Last updated: January 8, 2018