The nation's fervent interest in the 1898 Spanish American War and the expansion of U. naval power accounts for the firm's large inventory of photographs of Cuba and scenes related to the war and for the hundreds of images of warships.In the 1910s, the Detroit Publishing Company expanded its inventory to include photographic copies of works of art, which were popular educational tools as well as inexpensive home decor.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.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.The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A.
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.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. 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.This site is not written by a historian, and does not pretend to academic status.