Cook in the Rue de Stamboul, Constantinople, Turkey


This photochrome print is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The view shows bakers and cooks selling their wares on a street in the inner district of Stambul, in the west or European part of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). The 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers describes Stambul as “the chief seat of the Oriental merchants and the petty traders,” where “the old Oriental characteristics of the city still survive” despite the ravages of “destructive fires (as in 1865 and 1908) and earthquakes (the last in 1894).” Istanbul has a long tradition of street food vendors, with flat breads prepared on a griddle being the baked products most commonly available.

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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. "6763".

Last updated: January 8, 2018