In the 1920s, change was brewing right here in the USA - by industry barons secretly (or not-so-secretly) in league with Adolf Hitler's Nazi party.
Strasburg, PA: Went for the trains. Came back with stereoviews & a scythe.
My wife and I took an extended trip to Strasburg to ride behind the 611 - the last remaining Norfolk and Western J-Class locomotive. Then we spent three days antiquing in the Lancaster County area. To see some of my finds, read on...
Railfans Rejoice! Ten British Locomotives from the 1950s… in 3D!
With a heavy-duty post inbound this coming Sunday, let's put on our anoraks and head on down to the railyards - because it's time for a bit of trainspotting with Stanley Long and company!
Heathrow in 1950s 3D: “Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly.”
Douglas Adams hated Heathrow Airport. My wife likes it. Somewhere in between these points of view, there was the 1950s "London Airport", as captured here by VistaScreen. In this essay, we'll explore the nature of documentary stereography that was probably boring when shot but has become more interesting with the passage of time.
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!
One-shot #27: Interior of the Chicago Water Works Pumping Engine House in 1875
Miraculously, the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station survived the great fire of 1875 due to a German immigrant fireman. Happily, local stereographic photo outfit Lovejoy & Foster produced a fantastic, painterly view of the great steam-powered pumping station within 4 years later.
1903: Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Tarentum, Pennsylvania
While much is made of Pittsburgh's once-thriving steel industry, the importance of the city's glass industry cannot be understated - in 1900, a single Steel City firm produced 60% of the nation's plate glass. Take a peek inside the PPG facility in Tarentum, PA in 5 fantastic stereoviews from U&U!