These rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images from the private collection
of Marc Walter were produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and
1924. Using a photolithographic process that predated the autochrome by nearly 20
years, they offered people the very first color photographs of The United States.
Suddenly, the continent's colors were available for all to see. The rich ochres and
browns of the Grand Canyon, the dazzle of Atlantic City, became a visual delight
not only for eyewitnesses, but for Americans far and wide.
Imbued with this sense of discovery and adventure, the pictures gathered here are
a voyage through peoples, places and time at once. They take us through North America’s
vast and varied landscape, encounter its many communities, and above all transport
us back to the New World of over a century ago. Over more than 600 pages including
fold-out spreads, this sweeping panorama takes us from Native American settlements
to New York's Chinatown, from some of the last cowboys to Coney Island's heyday.
As luminous now as they were some 120 years ago, these rare and remarkable images
that brought America to Americans now bring American's past to our present.
Graphic designer, photographer and collector Marc Walter specializes in vintage travel
photographs, particularly photochroms, of which he has one of the world’s largest
collections. He has published numerous books featuring images from his collection
as well as his own photographs.
Sabine Arqué is a documentarian, photo researcher and author. She has collaborated
on numerous publications on the themes of travel, the history of tourism and photography.