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Detroit Publishing: The Sequel

Detroit Publishing: The Sequel

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1902. "Detroit Photographic Company, southeast view." Our second look at the home of the Photochrom-process postcard. View full size.



Was Detroit Publishing a competitor or as large a producer of postcards as the Curt Teich co. in Chicago?

[At its peak in the early part of the century, Detroit Publishing was selling around 7 million postcards and prints a year. - Dave]

Ripe for colorization

With all the false-color postcards they turned out, someone should do some retro-justice to this plate. Any takers for creating an over-obvious color job?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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