In this installment of Sunday Travels, we take a look at Delft, The Hague, and Leiden - all in the areas around last week's subject, Rotterdam. These views prove to be far more superior, as they spend less time buying into stereotypes, and more time actually capturing their subjects.
In this installment of Sunday Travels, we take a look at Rotterdam, the second-largest city in The Netherlands, through century-old American eyes. We see some gorgeous scenes - and some dubious editorial influence on the part of Keystone View Company.
A Brief Introduction to "Sunday Travels" This series on The Netherlands is the first in an ongoing weekly series that will focus on various travel stereoviews. My wife has "encouraged" me to thin out the boxes upon boxes I have lying about. Boxes of stereoscopic treasures which happen to be cluttering up our microscopic smallish …
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!
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.
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!
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.