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DPC History
How Did They Do It?
Everyday Life
Foreign Views
Getting Around
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Today, if we want to make a photograph look different, we can use computer software, scanners, photocopiers, correction fluid, scissors, and tape.  The Detroit Publishing Company did not have access to all the tools that we have, but with paint and color lithography, they could successfully turn a black and white photograph into color.  With scissors and glue, they could eliminate, rearrange, or alter elements in a scene.

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The Detroit Publishing Company photographers used cameras such as these pictured in their special photographic railcar on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, 1899.  A Magazine “Cyclone 3” box camera is on the chair at the left hand side and a Premo “Senior” folding camera is on the table in the center.

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Image of Interior of Special DPC Railcar
Accession ID # P.DPC.04859

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