Albertype Co.

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The Albertype Co., headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., produced postcards and other printed materials from 1890 until 1952. The Albertype Company was founded by brothers Adolph and Herman L. Wittemann. In 1890, the publishing company, originally established as the Wittemann Brothers circa 1879, changed its name to the Albertype Company, denoting the company's use of the collotype (or albertype) photographic process. The company operated from 1890 to 1952 and produced over 25,000 prints. The company utilized a specific photomechanical processes process that had been invented by Joseph Albert in Australia in the late 1860s. Albert's process was an improvement on the collotype photographic process. The company had teams of photographers who traveled across the United States taking and buying images depicting people, places, and activities in all parts of the country. The images were published as postcards and marketed to be sold in the locales depicted in the images. The Albertype Company both produced their own photographs (Adolph was a photographer), as well as reproduced photographic images produced by other companies or individual photographers. Using the prints, the company published postcards and viewbooks (also known as souvenir albums or view albums, containing commercially published groups of photographs depicting a place, activity, or event).
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creatorOf Albertype Co. Albertype Co. collection of North Carolina photographs, circa 1900-1930s. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Souvenir of Babylon and Fire Island, viewbook, 1889 Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf Albertype Company viewbook of Brooklyn, 1904 Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Postcards, 1893-1992. Winterthur Library
creatorOf Perkins, Frank C. (Frank Clinton), b. 1867. Cornell University and Ithaca views and guidebooks, 1875-[1933?]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf DeArmond, R. N. Robert N. DeArmond photograph collection [graphic] : early views of Alaska, 1890-1920. Alaska State Library
referencedIn Cornell University panorama photograph, ca. 1906. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Albertype Co. Albertype Co. photographs, [ca. 1920-1940]. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Brooklyn: Photographs in Black, viewbook, 1891 Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library. Library Collection of Study Photographs and Clippings, ca. 1930-2000. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Albertype Co. Souvenir viewbooks, 1888-1928. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Albertype Co. Collection of North Carolina Photographs, circa 1900-1930s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library. Library Collection of Study Photographs and Clippings, ca. 1930-2000. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Albertype Co. Albertype Co. University of Wisconsin, Madison, photographs, circa 1902-circa 1905. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf McCardell, Lee Adrian. Papers of Lee Adrian McCardell [manuscript], 1920-1923. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mooney, C. Frank (Charles Franklin). Travel postcard albums, 1936 and 1946 (bulk 1936). SUNY Geneseo, Milne Library
creatorOf Brooklyn's Garden: Views of Picturesque Flatbush, viewbook, 1908 Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf Albertype Company viewbooks of New York City, 1902-1939 Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf William Bull collotypes of Blackfeet Chiefs National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Archive Center
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associatedWith Berry College corporateBody
associatedWith DeArmond, R. N. person
associatedWith Ditmas, Charles A., 1887-1938 person
associatedWith Long Island News Co. corporateBody
associatedWith McCardell, Lee Adrian. person
associatedWith Mooney, C. Frank (Charles Franklin) person
associatedWith New York Naval Shipyard. corporateBody
associatedWith State Historical Society of Wisconsin. corporateBody
associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Wisconsin. corporateBody
foundedBy Wittemann, A., (Adolph), 1845-1938 person
foundedBy Wittemann, H. L. person
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Henderson County (N.C.)
Babylon (N.Y.)
Martin County (N.C.)
New Hanover County (N.C.)
Haywood County (N.C.)
Pitt County (N.C.)
North Carolina NC US
Washington County (N.C.)
Robeson County (N.C.)
Warren County (N.C.)
Madison WI US
Tyrrell County (N.C.)
Lenoir County (N.C.)
Atlanta GA US
Carteret County (N.C.)
Caldwell County (N.C.)
Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
Valdosta (Ga.)
Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
Mitchell County (N.C.)
Suffolk County (N.Y.)
Gaston County (N.C.)
Chowan County (N.C.)
Cleveland County (N.C.)
Stanly County (N.C.)
DUMBO Historic District (New York, N.Y.)
Fire Island NY US
Hoke County (N.C.)
Brooklyn NY US
Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) |x History
Prospect Park NY US
Sea Islands GA US
Avery County (N.C.)
Cherokee County (N.C.)
Davidson County (N.C.)
Macon County (N.C.)
New York (N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc. |v Pictorial works
Guilford County (N.C.)
Mount Berry (Ga.)
Moore County (N.C.)
Orange County (N.C.)
Vance County (N.C.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Jackson County (N.C.)
Swain County (N.C.)
Ashe County (N.C.)
Wake County (N.C.)
Warm Springs (Ga.)
Burke County (N.C.)
Halifax County (N.C.)
Rutherford County (N.C.)
Milledgeville (Ga.)
Jones County (N.C.)
Alamance County (N.C.)
Northampton County (N.C.)
Macon (Ga.)
Brunswick County (N.C.)
Transylvania County (N.C.)
Downtown Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Catabwa County (N.C.)
Polk County (N.C.)
Thomasville (Ga.)
Chatham County (N.C.)
Beaufort County (N.C.)
Craven County (N.C.)
Dare County (N.C.)
Watauga County (N.C.)
Madison County (N.C.)
Long Island NY US
Wayne County (N.C.)
Richmond County (N.C.)
Durham County (N.C.)
Forsyth County (N.C.)
Randolph County (N.C.)
McDowell County (N.C.)
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Active 1890

Active 1952



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