Articles and Essays

  • William Henry Jackson Career Chronology The best known photographer represented in the Detroit Publishing Company is William Henry Jackson. He was an early leader of the company but personally produced only a moderate number of the company's negatives. The Detroit collection includes many of Jackson's views of the west (especially the "mammoth plates" from the 1890s), family photographs, and a few images of Jackson himself. Jackson was also well-known...
  • Development of the Modern Postcard By the late 1890s, the Detroit Publishing Company had accumulated a substantial stock of negatives and prints which were turned into a variety of products that competed with woodcuts and engravings for a share of the market. Contemporary advertisements were used by merchants to hawk lantern slides, calendars, prints, and family portraits suitable for framing and hanging in a parlor - new products to...
  • Locations Represented in the Collection This list provides an overview of the geographical distribution of images in the Detroit Publishing Company collection. For example, it clearly indicates that the largest number of photographs were made in the eastern United States and that, even within the East, some states are far better covered than others.
  • Mammoth Plate Photographs This group of mammoth plate negatives and photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company includes over 600 glass negatives and transparencies and more than 300 photographic prints. The images are a rich source of documentation for the study of the North American landscape and include photographs taken by William Henry Jackson along several railroad lines in the United States and Mexico in the 1880s and...