Questions are a burden to others; answers a prison for oneself. So we're all going to wind up as prisoners in Portmeirion, the North Wales village designed by a mad visionary and used for the exteriors of "The Village" in ITV's 1967 sci-fi allegory "The Prisoner". Shown in VistaScreen 3D and in annotated screengrabs from the series,
Dudley Zoo: Where animals roam the grounds of a Royalist castle ruined during the First English Civil War
In existing since the first decade after the Norman Conquest, Dudley Castle was destroyed by the Parliamentary siege during the First English Civil War. Now the grounds are a zoo - and are fully open to the public. The Levellers, Diggers, and Ranters would be proud!
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!
“La Délivrance”, part of the Nantes Memorial to the War Dead, in 1927
"La Délivrance", the statue that was at the center of the Nantes Memorial to the War Dead, was also at the center of a lot of controversy. Placed in July of 1927, it was torn down by far-right wing vandals - not to be restored for 91 years, on the Armistice Centenary.
Cave Series: Bruguiere’s “Grotte de Courniou” (The Glass Spinner’s Palace)
The Grotte de la Devèze in Courniou, France, known in English as the The Glass Spinner's Palace, was photographed and released by Bruguiere in the late 1940s - near the end of the era of glass-plate diapositives. I obtained a near-pristine copy the other day and thought I'd share.
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.
Series: Wookey Hole Caves
First used by man in the Paleolithic era, the interconnected Wookey Hole Caves stretch far into the earth, through vast, flooded chambers created by the underground River Axe. Used as a Doctor Who shooting location in "Revenge of the Cybermen",