Picture postcard, "Mission San Luis Rey, California. Founded 1798"

Description (Brief)
This postcard view of Mission San Luis Rey 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 Luis Rey de Francia was the eighteenth of twenty-one Spanish Franciscan missions founded in California between 1769 and 1823. Its dedication ceremonies took place in 1798. The mission was founded to convert American Indians of the Kumeyaay and Luiseno tribes to Catholicism.
Today the mission serves as a parish church, a museum, and a retreat site.
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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