Jullien Frères

Geneva, Switzerland, 1880–1918 (Publisher, Photographer)

The publishing house Jullien Frères grew out of a bookstore founded in Geneva in 1839 by Elisabeth Jullien at 32, rue du Bourg-de-Four. Five Jullien brothers were descendant owners and became the pioneers of postcard publishing in French-speaking Switzerland. They were: Alexander V (1854–1925), Louis II (1856–1920), Edouard (18581943), Frank (1863–1933), and John II (1873–1928). Louis, Edouard, and Frank dedicated themselves to photography and publishing postcards. Many of the postcards, which are initialed J. J. (John Jullien) and made from his photographs, depict hikers and climbers. The company produced view-cards of these images in a variety of techniques including real photograph postcards, color heliographs, and black and white collotypes, many of which were hand-colored.

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