Prepared by Eric Linderman, March 1997
4.5 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Comprising this collection are various groupings of card stereographs.
These are dual photographic images mounted on cards, to be viewed with a
hand-held style stereoscope. The images are photographed from slightly different
points of view, providing the appearence of a three dimensional image when it is
viewed through the lenses of the device.
Stereographs were an especially popular Victorian parlor entertainment. The
first card stereographs were introduced in the 1850's, and were used
for educational purposes, emphasizing geography and history. Stereographs from
around the turn of the century, however, began to incorporate humorous and
This collection groups pictures from different producers and of differing
content. Among the more educational cards are those that depict natural
geography, such as Yosemite and Niagara Falls, as well as world cities,
sculptures and architecture. A variety of genre scenes depict family life and
comedy scenes, some of which are hand colored. Notable in this
collection are cards that illustrate local history, especially that of Kent,
Cleveland, and Toledo.
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