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Graphic artist:
Detroit Publishing Co.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
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Object Type:
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Place made:
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1910
Description (Brief):
This postcard view of the chimes at San Gabriel Mission was printed by the Detroit Photographic Company in about 1899, using a copyrighted photolithographic process called "Photostint."
The Detroit Photographic Company was first listed in Detroit city directories in 1888. Its manager William A. Livingstone, invited famous landscape photographer William Henry Jackson to join the company as a partner in 1897. Jackson brought with him his own photographic images, which would be used by the company.
Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was founded in 1771 near the city of Montebello, Calif., the fourth of twenty-one Spanish Franciscan missions founded in California between 1769 and 1823. The mission, founded to convert American Indians of the Tongva tribe to Catholicism, was moved in 1775 to its present location in Los Angeles County.
Today the mission includes a church and a museum.
Currently not on view
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History