Picture postcard, "Ruins of Fray Junipero Serra's Death Chamber, Carmel Mission, California. Founded 1770"

Description (Brief)
This postcard view of the "Ruins of Fray Junípero Serrá's Death Chamber" was printed by the Detroit Publishing Company in about 1910, using a copyrighted photolithographic process called "Photostint."
The Detroit Publishing Company previously known as the Detroit Photographic Company was first listed in Detroit city directories in 1888. Its manager, William A. Livingstone, invited the famous landscape photographer William Henry Jackson to join the company as a partner in 1897. Jackson brought with him his own photographic images which would be used by the company.
Mission San Carlos Borroméo del rio Carmelo, or the Old Mission Chapel, was established in 1770 by Fr. Junípero Serra, the Spanish Franciscan who founded twenty-one missions in California between 1769 and 1823. San Carlos was the second of these missions which were established to convert American Indians of the Esselen and Ohlone, Costanoan, tribes to Catholicism. Father Serra died at the Carmel Mission on August 28, 1784, at the age of 71.
Today the mission serves as a parish church.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
date made
ca 1910
graphic artist
Detroit Publishing Co.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
associated place
United States: California
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
California Mission Postcards
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
California Mission Postcards
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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