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Historic stereographs

The focus of this site is on contemporary artists, but I have included a few antique images to provide perspective. Many antique shops sell historic stereocards, and interenet auctions such as eBay almost always have some for sale.

Civil War. Many of the best Civil War photos were stereos. Below is "Atlanta, Georgia, Just After its Capture." Published by Taylor & Huntington of Hartford, CT, it depicts the railroad depot where General Sherman gathered his wagons before the depot was destroyed.

Sherman in Atlanta

Eadweard Muybridge. Muybridge made his fame by pioneering 2D studies of human and animal forms in motion by photographing them in stop action, starkly, against plain backgrounds. On the surface they appeared clinical, but as a whole they provide great insight and show the poetry of motion. But Muybridge did many other things with his cameras, among them stunning landscapes. Click here to see one.

William Henry Jackson. Born in 1843, the world's first great landscape photographer managed to live to 99 years old, despite risking his mortality as frequently as most people eat meals. He clung to precipices and braved avalanches to document the wild west as it had never been done before, and never be done again. Click here to see examples of his work.

Keystone. The Keystone Company's photographers documented a huge range of topics, but among the most profound and moving are the boxed sets of up to 300 images of World War I. Click here to see a few.

Humor. Before films, radio, and television. the sitcom first appeared on stereocards. Click here to see The Newlyweds, a remarkable series of 12 pairs lithographed by Griffith & Griffith in Philadelphia in 1902. This same story line was rephotographed and published numerous times by different companies, although the Griffith & Griffith version has a particularly noxious ending.

The Rat

The risque image "Here comes the Rat" was published by Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY.

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