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Collection Photochrom Prints

About this Collection

Contains almost 6,000 views of Europe and the Middle East and 500 views of North America. Published primarily from the 1890s to 1910s, these prints were created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. The richly colored images look like photographs but are actually ink-based photolithographs, usually 6.5 x 9 inches.

Like postcards, the photochroms feature subjects that appeal to travelers, including landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and daily life and culture. The prints were sold as souvenirs and often collected in albums or framed for display.

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division assembled this collection from two sources that provided prints in mint condition. In 1985, the prints of Europe and the Middle East were purchased from the Galerie Muriset in Switzerland. In 2004, Howard L. Gottlieb generously donated the North American views. Additional photochroms can be found in the collections listed in the Related Resources section.

Arrangement and Access

The Library of Congress staff organized the prints into groups according to geographical area. The place names printed in the photochrom titles often reflect the national boundaries and spellings used around 1900 when the pictures were published.

Country  Quantity Call Number
Algeria 74 LOT 13420
Austro-Hungarian Empire 591 LOT 13417
Bahamas 6 LOT 13923
Belgium 108 LOT 13422
Canada 31 LOT 13923
Cuba 2 LOT 13923
Denmark 14 LOT 13421
England 1,118 LOT 13415
France 518 LOT 13418
French and Italian Riviera 79 LOT 13425

1,207 LOT 13411 (the LOT also includes images in Poland, Czech Republic, and Russia)
Holy Land 143 LOT 13424 (the LOT includes Israel, Jerusalem, Lebanon, and West Bank)
Ireland 121 LOT 13406
Italy 318 LOT 13434
Latvia 8 LOT 13419
Luxembourg 2 LOT 13429
Montenegro 7 LOT 13430
Netherlands 116 LOT 13423
Norway 155 LOT 13432
Poland 91 LOT 13411 and LOT 13419
Romania 8 LOT 13431
Russia 72 LOT 13411 and LOT 13419
Scotland 182 LOT 13407
Serbia 4 LOT 13433
Spain 8 LOT 13426
Switzerland 741 LOT 13410
Tunisia 41 LOT 13427
Turkey 28 LOT 13428
Ukraine 44 LOT 13419

United States

391 LOT 13923
Wales 167 LOT 13408
Unidentified (Europe) 25 LOT 13512

Also, a panoramic photochrom in the Panoramic Photographs Collection: "From Point Sublime, Colorado," - PAN US GEOG - Colorado no. 62 (E size).