2 years ago
With photography in its incipient stages, photocrom prints were as close as our ancestors got to postcards. While the images may look like photographs, they are actually ink-based photolithographs. Often featuring subjects appealing to travelers like landscapes or architecture, the prints were either shared with loved ones (like postcards) or hung for display. Below are a set of prints featuring Rome in the late 19th century, produced by the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. See the Italian capital as it looked in 1890, with horse-drawn carriages on the cobblestone streets in place of its modern-day tangle of traffic.
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