John Rollwagen collection of Photochrom photographs, 1898-1906  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Compiler
Rollwagen, John
Title
John Rollwagen collection of Photochrom photographs
Dates
1898-1906 (inclusive)
Quantity
65 Photocrom prints (1 box)
Collection Number
PH1440
Summary
Photocrom photographs of scenes in the United States and Canada made by the Detroit Publishing Company
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries Digital Collections website. Permission of the Visual Materials Curator is required to view original photographs. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Photocrom lithograph process

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Photochrom (also known as Photochrome) is a color photo lithograph created from a black and white photographic negative. The process is a photographic variant of chromolithography, the broader term for color lithography. The color is achieved through using multiple lithograph stones, one per color in the printing process. A separate stone would be made for each color to be used which required at least a minimum of four stones (for the three primary colors and black) for the image. The image was printed on high-quality paper which resembled the smooth photographic printing paper of the day. The image was then finished off with a varnish to add depth and richness to the appearance of the photograph.

The process was developed in Switzerland and brought to the United States by the Detroit Publishing Company in 1897. The Detroit Photographic Company was started by publisher William A. Livingstone and photographer Edwin H. Husher in the late 19th century but did not go by that name until 1905 after which it quickly changed the name to the Detroit Publishing Company. The Detroit Publishing Co. enjoyed a period of enormous success as a world-wide publisher of photographic prints and postcards, but its sales began to decline during World War I, and with the introduction of new and cheaper printing methods it was forced to go into receivership in 1924 and by 1932 the company's assets were liquidated.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photochrom photographs from the The Detroit Publishing Company showing scenes from the United States and Canada.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

Status of creator's copyrights is unknown; restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Users are responsible for researching copyright status before use.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

The Detroit Publishing Company Photochrom CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
United States
California
Box/Folder item
1/1 1 1898
1/1 2 1898
1/1 3 1898
1/1 4 1899
1/1 5 1899
1/2 6 1901
1/2 7 1902
Colorado
Box/Folder item
1/2 8 1898
1/2 9 1898
1/2 10 1898
1/3 11 ca.1898-1905
1/3 12 1899
1/3 13 1899
1/3 14-15 1900
1/4 16 1901
1/4 17 1901
1/4 18 1901
1/4 19 1906
Florida
Box/Folder item
1/5 20 1898
1/5 21 1898
1/5 22 1898
1/5 23 1898
1/5 24 1900
Massachusetts
Box/Folder item
1/6 25 1900
1/6 26 1901
New York
Box/Folder item
1/6 27 1898
1/6 28 1898
1/6 29 1901
1/6 30 1901
Pennsylvania
Box/Folder item
1/7 31-32 1900
1/7 33 1901
Utah
Box/Folder item
1/7 34 1899
1/7 35 1900
Wisconsin
Box/Folder item
1/8 36 1900
1/8 37 1901
Wyoming
Box/Folder item
1/8 38 1898
1/8 39 1898
1/8 40 1898
1/9 41 1898
1/9 42 1898
1/9 43 1898
1/9 44 1898
1/9 45 1902
1/10 46 1902
1/10 47 1902
1/10 48 1902
1/10 49 1905
Other States
Box/Folder item
1/11 50 1898
1/11 51 1898
1/11 52 1898
1/11 53 1899
1/11 54 1900
1/12 55 1900
1/12 56 1898
1/12 57 1900
1/12 58 1898
Canada
Box/Folder item
1/12 59 1898
1/13 60 1901
1/13 61 1901
1/13 62 1901
1/13 63 1901
1/13 64 1901
1/13 65 1901

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Geographical Names :
  • California--Photographs
  • Canada--Photographs
  • Colorado--Photographs
  • Florida--Photographs
  • Massachusetts--Photographs
  • New York (State)--Photographs
  • Pennsylvania--Photographs
  • United States--Photographs
  • Utah--Photographs
  • Wisconsin--Photographs
  • Wyoming--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Chromolithography
  • Color lithographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Detroit Publishing Co.,   lithographer (creator)