On the 101st anniversary of the Armistice, we take a look at 101 unique stereoscopic 3D photos - taken by amateurs, and not sold commercially.
Sunday Travels #6: Japan (Keystone actually respects its subject!)
On this week's Sunday Travels, we're in for a pleasant surprise - Keystone View Company not only created a number of pretty great stereoviews, but they treated their subjects with respect. A stark contrast to Australia and most of The Netherlands, we'll look at the likely explanation for the nice stereography and barely-racist text.
Sunday Travels #5: Australia (Kangaroos, Sheep, and a Really Big Rock)
Sunday Travels is back - with a ridiculous look at Australia, courtesy of KVC. The only thing more common than kangaroos in this set of stereoviews is stereotyping - at which Keystone excelled. Some come aboard, and see all the excitement of 'roos, sheep, and a really big rock!
Sunday Travels #4: The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
For our final Sunday in The Netherlands, we're back in Amsterdam - about half a century before Raumbild's "Holland". Expect canals, wooden shoes, quaint street scenes - and a couple of really great stereoviews from KVC!
Series: Holland in the 1950s
No better or worse than the first two post-war Raumbild-Verlag Siegfried Brandmüller "Europa" series, this look at Holland in the 1950s pretty much gives us a cursory tour of Amsterdam, as well as an obligatory view of a windmill which looks to have been taken from a car window.
30 Boxes of Glass Plates from Belgium: Marie-Noëlle’s Collection, Intro & 2 Boxes
One of the parcels which arrived on "Christmas in July" two days ago contained a wooden box - with about 500 amateur glass stereoviews contained within. Today, we take a look at two boxes at random, in an attempt to determine what this acquisition consists of, who might have taken it, and whether it is, indeed, a cohesive collection, as opposed to a random pile of amateur glass.
Series: Greece in the 1950s
The post-war Raumbild-Verlag Siegfried Brandmüller series "Greece" is primarily focused on ruins, as so many Grecian stereoviews seem to be. Still, they come alive wonderfully in this short series.
Charles Bierstadt: A Great Stereographer’s Journeys Beyond Niagara & Yosemite
While he is primarily known for his views of Niagara Falls, and secondarily known for his expeditions to Yosemite, Charles "Chas" Bierstadt got around - most of the views featured here are at neither of his favored locations. Chas got around!
Tru-Vue Advertising: The Academy of the Visitation at Villa de Chantal, Series I
It's not surprising that the newly-formed Tru-Vue company of Rock Island, Illinois decided to try their hand in the advertising market. Nor is it surprising that they chose a local institution for one of their first advertising filmstrips. What is surprising is that this early subject was a girls' Catholic school run by the Salesian Sisters - and that the stereo photography is actually pretty darn good, considering!
Something Happening in Boissise-la-Bertrand, 1911
With most sets of stereographic images, you can get a sense of what's going on from the captions, action, provenance - all sorts of things. Here, I'm more or less at a loss - but the stereoviews are pretty darn cool!