#1 ‘A proposal -–‘
On reverse, printed: ‘CELESQUE SERIES Design #1195 Published by the Photochrom Co. Ltd. London and Tunbridge Wells’
#2 ‘Morning reflections –‘
On reverse, printed: ‘CELESQUE SERIES Design #1197 Published by the Photochrom Co. Ltd. London and Tunbridge Wells’
Mailed to/from Scarborough (UK), around 1920.
Nice condition. Light UR corner crease No. #1,
Photochrom Co. Ltd. 1896-
London and Turnbridge Wells, England
This firm originally produced Christmas cards and became a major publisher and printer of tourist albums, guide books, and postcards that mostly captured worldwide views as real photos or were printed in black & white, monochrome, and color. They also published many advertising, comic, silhouette, novelty, panoramic, and notable artist signed cards in named series as well. The number of titles Photochrom produced may exceed 40,000.
In 1896 they took over Fussli’s London office established three years earlier and began publishing similar photo-chromolithograpgic postcards after securing the exclusive English license for the Swiss photochrom process. This technique was used to produce a great number of view-cards of both England and Europe. While they captured the same fine details as the Swiss prints their pallet was much softer and reduced
Apart from their better known photochroms they produced their Celesque series of view-cards printed in tricolor.