Cities change, and postcards show how they develop.Chronology also reveals the changes in the fields of interest, in the glance cast at the colonies and their inhabitants. FRLes villes changent, et les cartes suivent leur développement.Another dominant publisher at this time was Raphael Tuck and Sons from England but they had a large office in New York and produced lots of US postcards.While postcard views produced prior to this period resembled European postcard styles, the early 1900s saw the US lean heavily on view cards and serious art was not seen on American postcards.The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A.Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. The company obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process, a photomechanical technique that used lithographic stones to convert black-and-white prints to color.
This era marked an increased interest in postcards by the publishers of the day and by the general public.Two companies are mentioned on many cards, one being the publisher and the other the manufacturer. Which of these parties is referred to as the 'publisher' is not always clear. Of course, the stampbox is only visible if there is no stamp -- usually such cards are unused, so we have no postmark use-date for them.Many cards have a logo on them, and for earlier cards there may be nothing more -- though later cards have the name of the company as well as the logo. This card has the Curt-Teich number A-50843, and so was produced in 1914. The blue text has Tichnor Quality Views along the dividing line, with the Tichnor Brothers logo at the top of that line. Thus with these too, it is only by observing the stampboxes on dated cards that we begin to observe temporal trends. Publisher's imprints tend to change over time, the type fonts, arrangement, and wording undergo a steady stream of minor changes, that may provide clues to publication dates.The key to identifying those changes is a good selection of reliably dated cards.Until interested collectors take the time to construct guides to particular publishers, only the vaguest outline of trends can be given here.Early cards tend to have little text, just the title for the picture, usually on the picture side, and the name of the publisher on the address side.Large numbers of cards were still printed in Europe but American publishers grew their business and new publishers arrived on the scene but the quality of most was inferior to the overseas competition.Detroit Publishing Company became one of the dominant publishers of the day with their "phostint" process which used lithographic stones to print their postcards in a process brought from Europe.The Detroit Publishing Company was one of the largest American publishers of postcards and photographic views during the early decades of the twentieth century.The images are a rich source of documentation for the study of North American landscape and cityscape, and include views of well-known streets, buildings, historic monuments, natural scenery, industry, transportation, and daily life.Later the descriptions become more verbose on the address side, but there is still usually a one or two line title on the picture side.With the introduction of Chromes the title is most often found only on the address side. The Tichnor number for this view is 104973, though I've not yet found any guide as to what date that might represent. Stampboxes also provide a clue to the age of a postcard, within broad limits.While French postcards reflected the Art Nouveau movement the US limited itself to postcards of classical paintings from museums and no serious contemporary art appeared on our postcards.