Tombs and View of Goletta, Carthage, Tunisia
This photochrome print is part of “Views of Architecture and People in Tunisia” from the catalog of the Detroit Photographic Company. It shows the view of Goletta (present-day La Goulette) from the tombs and ruins of Carthage, a city founded by the Phoenicians in the ninth century BC that became a great civilization and Mediterranean trading empire. The archaeological site at Carthage is now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The village of La Goulette is described in the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, Seaports and Sea Routes: Handbook for Travellers as “the former little harbour of Tunis,” which was “strongly fortified by Kheireddin in 1534 and transformed into a great naval station, but was soon captured by the Spaniards and formed the base whence they kept Tunis in check (1535-74).” Kheireddin Barbarossa (circa 1478–1546), was a Greco-Turkish pirate, Ottoman admiral, and pasha of Algiers. 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 the 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.
Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan
Type of Item
1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color
- Karl Baedeker, The Mediterranean, Seaports and Sea Routes: Handbook for Travellers (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1911).
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage Centre, “Archaeological Site of Carthage.” http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/37.
Last updated: January 30, 2017