Picture postcard, "San Luís Obispo De Toloso Mission California. Founded September 1, 1772"

Description (Brief)
This postcard view of Mission San Luís Obispo De Toloso was printed by the Detroit Publishing Company in about 1910, using a copyrighted photolithographic process called "Photostint."
The company, previously known as the Detroit Photographic Company, was first listed in Detroit city directories in 1888. Its manager, William A. Livingstone, invited 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 Luís Obispo de Tolosa, located in San Luis Obispo County, was founded on September 1, 1772, by Fr. Junípero Serra. It was the fifth of twenty-one Spanish Franciscan missions established in California between 1769 and 1823. The mission was built to convert American Indians of the Chumash tribe to Catholicism.
Today the mission serves as a parish church.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1910
graphic artist
Detroit Publishing Co.
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
associated place
United States: California
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Cultures & Communities
California Mission Postcards
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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