4 "digital prints" from negatives of life in the camp of the 36th Artillery Regiment stationed in Saint Airy Forest at Verdun in January 1918 show snowbound soldiers near one's shelter - as well as a peek into the shelter itself!
Four of A. O. Fasser's stereo photos (from a set on Belgium) are not like the other ones - let's take a look!
Marketed as the collection of a French Artillery Sergeant's personal photography before, during, and after the Great War, I was sold a disparate collection of mostly-junk by an eBayer who didn't know what he was talking about. Here's the story, and one of the few slides that likely had anything to do with the Great War.
While not as commonly represented in exciting sets of stereoviews, photographs and newsreels from the front - or any media really, standing around and shooting the breeze was as much a part of Great War life as ducking for cover during a bombardment or hastily fitting a gas mask. These were men at war, but foremost, they were men living their lives.
An examination of how one can take a century-old Great War negative in rough shape and recover as much detail as possible to provide a salvageable archival digital positive.
An American surgeon left for France in October 1915, returning six months later with stories, knowledge, a sense of horror - and about 500 Great War stereoviews, taken by him with a camera he bought while there and quickly learned to use quite well.
In a stack of random amateur stereoviews that accompanied a recent Great War purchase on eBay, I was delighted to find this photo that reminded me of some of Diane Arbus's early portraits.
In which we examine the first 11 slides in the Puthon Collection, meet some of our cast of characters, and see the beauty of the regions around Chamonix and Salvan through the lens of an inexperienced stereo photographer.
An overview of the Puthon Collection, which inspired the creation of this blog.
Most of my stereoviews are either intentional picks to add to particular collections I'm working on, subjects of particular interest to me, or views that I know a friend would want / are reasonably valuable / are unlike anything I've ever seen. But sometimes, while free-viewing my way through bins of worthless lithos and inane …