Friday, June 24, 2005

Question: Detroit Publishing Company

We have a frame mounted photo of Mt. Shasta. There is a plaque on the front that states: Mt. Shasta 14,380 feet on Road of a Thousand Wonders Southern Pacific. copyright 1900, Detroit Photography. It is is about 40" x 18" in size. Anything you can tell us about the photo would be appreciated. It has been in the family for many years.

Thank you so much.

Erma Olsen


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

What you describe is likely one of the 900 mammoth plate railroad photographs taken by William Henry Jackson. See the Library of Congress page about the Detroit Publishing Company.

The New York Public Library website explains that "The Detroit Publishing Company was one of the largest American publishers of postcards and photographic views during the early decades of the 20th century ... [that] originated in 1898 to promote a new color printing process in the United States and to capitalize on the public's interest in sending inexpensive pictorial greetings. In 1905 the firm became the Detroit Publishing Company, continuing to use the trade name 'Phostint' for its patented color reproduction process. Western landscape photographer William Henry Jackson was long associated with the firm, bringing his and other photographers' negatives to the image stock published by the company. ...
Lowe, James L. and Ben Papell. Detroit Publishing Company Collectors' Guide. (1975)."

6/24/2005 12:57 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Thanks for your quick and fantastic response. I'm really impressed. [You are] to be congratulated for a job well done!

—Erma Olsen

6/27/2005 8:10 AM  

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