The rarest, and today generally most expensive, VistaScreen set ever produced features The Irving Theatre, located on Irving Street in the West End. Far from what you'd think of when you think "West End Theatre", however, the Irving was London's first proper strip club - and it looks fantastic.
VistaScreen Halloween: Stereoviews from Betty Brimmer’s Puppet Theatre
Stanley Long set out to take some stereoviews of puppets for children to enjoy. Unfortunately he went to Betty Brimmer's Puppet Theatre, which is a thoroughly grotesque and ghastly place, full of misshapen ghouls, racist caricatures, and little girls who are soon to be bear food.
Eastbourne Model Village: Benjamin White’s Masterwork in 3D
An awful mood turned pleasant due to some of my VistaScreen 3D collection - most notably Eastbourne Model Village from the late 1950s.
The Decline of the British Aristocracy: Exclusive Historic Houses in 3D
As the British Aristocracy fell into decline, they were forced to open the doors to their stately historic houses to the common person. Here's a look at some, from 1956 in VistaScreen 3D.
Stanley Long’s Second-Rate 3D Pin-Ups: “A bevy of British Beauties”
After enough requests for more pretty ladies on Brooklyn Stereography, I must assent - so here are some mediocre cheesecake stereoviews from Stanley Long. I present VistaScreen Series 40 "Glamour Models No. 2 - A bevy of British Beauties", an obvious series of outtakes from the first Glamour Models series.
The Isle of Man: A Trip to 1950s Ellan Vannin in Stereoscopic 3D
Today we look at the Isle of Man, or Ellan Vannin as it's known to the speakers of its native zombie language, Manx Gaelg. A small island in the Irish Sea, this self-governing Crown dependency was the first place in the world where women could vote in national elections - and boasts the world's oldest parliamentary body. Come take a look!
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!
Worst in Show: VistaScreen Series 49 “Dogs” Really Screws the Pooch
We've looked at some great VistaScreen, some interesting VistaScreen, and some just plain silly VistaScreen on this blog. But here, we're going to look at the absolute dregs of VistaScreen - which also happens to be one of the most popular sets the company produced during its mid-period in the late 1950s.
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.
VistaScreen’s “Venezia”: Sterescopic 3D photography of the canals, monuments, and buildings of 1950s Venice
In our first full look at a non-Anglocentric series from VistaScreen, in the bilingually-captioned "Venezio". Featuring above-average stereography, this series raises some questions about the provenance of the images - and raises doubts about whether Stanley Long was involved with these at all!