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Detroit Publishing Company postcards

Detroit Publishing Company postcards [graphic].
Detroit Publishing Co., publisher.

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Additional Authors
  • Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942.
  • Lauder, Leonard.
Approx. 14,500 photomechanical prints (postcards) : most col.; 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" or smaller.
Postcards showing tourist and recreational attractions and facilities, natural features; monuments; streets, residences, government buildings, military facilities and training; religious buildings including churches and missions, commercial and industrial buildings; colleges, libraries, museums, schools, organizations' buildings, railroads, (including views of the California Limited in which William Henry Jackson travelled to photograph and promote the Detroit Publishing line), canals, ships, harbors, lighthouses; historic and literary sites; portraits, including Native Americans, Chinese Americans and African Americans (including racial stereotypes), political, literary and other famous figures; tombs of famous people and other views of cemeteries; parks, including national parks; sports; yachts; the Panama-California International Exposition and the Panama Pacific International Exposition; animals and birds; plants and trees including garden and wildflower series; agriculture; fishing industry; steel industry; pottery industry; automobiles; interiors of buildings; views in other countries including Canada, Cuba, England, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Also includes art reproductions, cartoon series including Gibson Girls; views of Japanese "girls"; cowboys and cowgirls, and other western views. Some views duplicated.
  • Cartoons.
  • Cityscape photographs.
  • Ethnic stereotypes.
  • Landscape photographs.
  • Portraits.
  • Postcards.
  • Art reproductions.
  • Photochroms.
  • Photomechanical prints.
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • The collection of postcards includes images from the earliest 1898 Photochrom publications, through the last series using the Detroit Publishing imprint, which was begun in 1931. Includes views that were published by Detroit Publishing Company, and images that were printed for other publishers and distributors including Fred Harvey and others. William Henry Jackson joined the company in 1898, bringing his huge stock of negatives with him. He became director of production in 1903.
  • Primarily views made using the color Photochrom process and a later process derived from Photochrom called Phostint, the collection also includes some views that are sepia tone.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Indexed In (note)
  • Lowe & Papell, Detroit Publishing Company Collectors' Guide, 1975.
Provenance (note)
  • Gift of Leonard Lauder, 1986.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of Leonard Lauder Postcard Collection.
Call Number
MFY 95-29
Detroit Publishing Co., publisher.
Detroit Publishing Company postcards [graphic].
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Photography Collection; Permit must be requested at division indicated.
Indexed In:
Lowe & Papell, Detroit Publishing Company Collectors' Guide, 1975.
Linking Entry
Forms part of Leonard Lauder Postcard Collection.
Finding Aids
Annotated copy of Lowe & Papell serves as finding aid to the collection.
Gift of Leonard Lauder, 1986.
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Added Author
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942. Photographer
Lauder, Leonard. Collector
Research Call Number
MFY 95-29
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