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.
In terms of industry, Pittsburgh is usually identified with steel - hence one of its nicknames, "The Steel City". At the turn of the century, the city was one of the manufacturing capitals of the nation, mostly built on the backbone of Andrew Carnegie's US Steel, and other steel and metal industries. The steel industry …
This dramatic Kilburn stereoview of a train climbing Mt. Washington is very dramatic - and very silly, when you realize that the camera was tilted to make the incline look much steeper than it was in reality. And it gets weirder - because at least 3 variants were printed, with the same series number!
Excerpt from rear of card: "This man has a clown dog. Clown dogs are very smart. They are trained to do many tricks. Most clown dogs like to be with the circus even though they do have to work hard."
The Great War was notorious for many things, and one of the most prominent among them was the use of gas warfare. Herein is explained the main gas weapons used in direct violation of the Hague Convention, their effects, and the reason they were not used much after the War.
A really great photographer took a really crappy penguin stereo photo, so now I take the piss - about 120 years later.
A Realistic Travels card featuring the legendary Sopwith Camels might not be so... realistic... but it's goshdarn cool, considering what these birds could do!