Image of smiling African-American boy holding a rake and standing in shade of a tree. Scarce card!
Titled at bottom ‘5746. LOOKING FOR A JOB.’
Publisher name top border: ‘COPYRIGHT, 1902, BY DETROIT PHOTOGRAPHIC CO.’
Text in French: "...Here is another representative of the human race, it's very natural..."
Mailed from 'CLEVELAND O. FEB 7 1906’ to Paris France. Two-cent Washington stamp.
Light creases LL and LR corners.
I do not support the sentiments expressed on this card. I offer it as a testament of the culture of those times.
The Detroit Publishing Co. (1880’s-1936) Detroit, MI
Originally a printer of religious books and calendars, the Detroit Photographic Company Ltd. shifted production in 1897 when owners William A. Livingstone and Edwin H. Husher saw the potential in postcards. After negotiations with Orell Fussli, Detroit became the sole American company to license the Swiss photochrom process, which they would eventually register in 1907 under the name Phostint. In addition they would also distributed Swiss made prints for Fussli in America. When the well known Western photographer William Henry Jackson joined the company as a partner, he added his thousands of negatives to Livingstone’s collection of Great Lakes imagery and Husher’s photos of California. All this provided a strong foundation to start publishing postcards. Jackson traveled around the United States taking many additional pictures until 1903 when he took over the management of Detroit’s factory. By 1904 as postcards sales increased to 7 million per year they changed their name to the Detroit Publishing Company. They produced postcards on a great variety of subjects but they are best known for their view-cards. The quality of their cards are considered some of the finest produced in America. They also printed many contract cards whose numbers increased as ordinary sales began to fall.