Shorpy Saturday – Sun-Catcher: 1906

By Jeffrey Buck

Below you will find a unique photograph made from two 8×10 negatives of the building that housed the Detroit Publishing Company, the reason we have these amazing photographs of Detroit and other cities throughout the country. DPC was at one time one of the largest producers of color postcards in the world. It would have been a treat to be able to tour such an institution in its heyday.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Sun-Catcher: 1906“:

Detroit circa 1906. “Detroit Publishing Co., northwest view.” Note the greenhouse-style glass to the right employing sunlight for printing and perhaps enlargement, as well as the unusual windows to the left. In the early years of the 20th century, the company was one of the world’s biggest producers of color postcards. Panorama made from two 8×10 inch glass negatives.

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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