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.
A developed negative of a simple path through a long-since-abandoned portion of No Man's Land causes me to question the meaning of such imagery.
Three random glass stereoviews that came with (yet another) stereoscope - an artist's studio, the artist himself, and the artist "painting" a nude art model.
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.
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.
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 …