Stereocard photograph collection, 1860s-1945  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Stereocard photograph collection
Dates
1860s-1945 (inclusive)
1860s-1880s (bulk)
Quantity
139 stereocards (1 box)
Collection Number
PH0058
Summary
Stereocards from various publishers depicting scenes from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Also included are story stereocards and some of artworks.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Stereoscopic imaging is a technique that creates the illusion of depth using two 2-D images placed side by side; one in front of the left eye and one in front of the right eye of the viewer. Both offset 2-D images are then combined in the brain to give the perception of 3-D depth. Three strategies have been used to produce this effect: the viewer wears eyeglasses to combine separate images from two offset sources, the viewer wears eyeglasses to filter offset images from a single source separated to each eye, or the light source splits the images directionally into the viewer's eyes without glasses.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Stereocards by various publishers depicting scenes from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View selections from the collection in digital format .

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Preferred Citation

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

French Tissue StereocardsReturn to Top

French tissue stereocard techniques were developed by J.L. Tardieu in 1853. Tissue stereocards consist of a print on translucent paper mounted on a card cut to frame the print and often with a tissue added . The image could be tinted and the tint visible when lit from behind as a transparency. The tissue format of stereocards were available commercially by 1855. The largest amount of tissue stereocards were produced between 1858 and 1875. Many tissue stereocard producers are still unidentified. Many are marked only by initials such as these which are marked B.K. Photos and J.M.

Container(s) Description Dates
B.K. (Block) Photos Stereocards
Box item
1 FTB1
Portrait of a woman named Marie
1862-1865
1 FTB2
Sculpture of Eve, Milan, Italy
1862-1865
J.M. Stereocards
Box item
1 FTJ1- FTJ3 1862-1865
1 FTJ4- FTJ7
Views of Switzerland
1862-1865
1 FTJ8 1862-1865
1 FTJ9- FTJ11
Views of Germany
1862-1865
Unidentified
Box item
1 FTU1 1862-1865
1 FTU2
Violinist with children in folk dress
1862-1865

E. & H.T. Anthony, New YorkReturn to Top

E. & H.T. Anthony was a large publisher of stereographs by the mid 1960's.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Anthony1
Full moon (Anthony 5435)
circa 1860-1880
1 Anthony2 circa 1860-1880
1 Anthony3
Mrs. Jenny Van Zant, Opera Singer (Anthony 2946)
circa 1875
1 Anthony4
Mlle. Ronconi. Opera Singer (Anthony 5458)
circa 1860-1880
1 Anthony5 circa 1860-1880
1 Anthony6
Basket of fruit on a table from the popular series (Anthony 5933)
circa 1860-1880

Leander Baker, Boston, MassachusettsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Baker1 circa 1870

George BarkerReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Barker1 undated

Alfred S. Campbell, Elizabeth, New JerseyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Campbell1
 ShipKearsarge, U.S.N. (Campbell 158)
Alfred S. Campbell was an important American stereograph company based in Elizabeth, N.J. from 1893 to 1904.Printed on verso: This gives us a picture of the Kearsarge, which sailed into eternal fame when it sent to the bottom of the sea the famous Confederate cruiser Alabama, off Cherbourg, on the coast of France, 1863. In 1895 it struck on the Roncodor Reefs, Mosquito Coast, in Central America, and became a total loss, but its glorious deeds will ever live in the hearts and history of the American people.
1896

European and American Series StereocardsReturn to Top

The European and American views were produced from pirated images in the 1870s-1880s. They used photographs from various photographers including E. & H. T. Anthony, Alfred S. Campbell and John Soule.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 EA1
Mammoth Hot Springs
circa 1870s-1880s
1 EA2
Interior of art museum, Central Park, NY
circa 1870s-1880s
1 EA3
Wisconsin River scene
circa 1870s-1880s
1 EA4
Battleship being launched with surrounding boats
circa 1870s-1880s
1 EA5
Eagle standing on rocks
circa 1870s-1880s
1 EA6
Entrance to Chinese Home[Men standing outside the entrance to a house]
circa 1870s-1880s
1 EA7
United States Navy shipNew York
circa 1870s-1880s
1 EA8
At Home in Japan[Two women in Japanese kimonos]
circa 1870s-1880s

Gurnsey's Rocky Mountain ViewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Gurnsey 1
View of Colorado Springs from the cupola od the Public School Building
circa 1870s-1880s

Thomas Houseworth & Co., San Francisco, CAReturn to Top

Thomas Houseworth was a notable California photographer. He took over Lawrence & Houseworth in 1867.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Houseworth1 circa 1868-1873
1 Houseworth2
North Dome, Yosemite Valley
circa 1868-1873
1 Houseworth3- Houseworth4 circa 1868-1873

W.H. Illingworth, St. Paul, MinnesotaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Illingworth1 1867-1880

T.W. Ingersoll Stereocards, St. Paul, MinnesotaReturn to Top

T.W. Ingersoll was based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He released series of stereographs of Yellowstone Park containing around 300 views and hundreds more views from the West.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Ingersoll1
Gardner River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Ingersoll 1113)
circa 1880-1885
1 Ingersoll2 circa 1880-1885
1 Ingersoll3
Tower Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Ingersoll 1112)
circa 1880-1885
1 Ingersoll4 circa 1880-1885
1 Ingersoll5 circa 1880-1885
1 Ingersoll6
River and trees, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
circa 1880-1885
1 Ingersoll7
Deer sitting in grass, Yellowstone National Park, Montana (Ingersoll 1200)
circa 1880-1885
1 Ingersoll8 1886

Japanese Stereocard SeriesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Views of Tokyo by Higuchi
Box item
1 Higuchi1
Nijubashi double bridge to gate of the Emperor's Palace
Higuchi (photographer)
1 Higuchi2
 Parliament building, Marunouchi, Tokyo
Higuchi (photographer)
1 Higuchi3
Gate at the entrance to cherry blossom fields, Marunouchi, Tokyo
Higuchi (photographer)
1 Higuchi4
Earthquake Memorial Hall, Hanjo
Higuchi (photographer)
before 1945
Views of Tokyo before 1945 (Series Five)
The date for this series has been determined by the presence of the Imperial Army General Staff Building in one view. The Imperial Army General Staff was abolished in September of 1945 by American occupying troops.The Japanese text says that these stereocards are part of Series Five.
Box item
1 JSF1
Front gate of Ueno Park Zoo
before 1945
1 JSF2
Marunouchi guard tower, a part of the Emperor's Palace
before 1945
item
JSF3 before 1945
JSF4
Statue of Prince Komatsu at Ueno park in front of the Imperial General Staff Military Headquarters
before 1945
Box item
1 JSF5 before 1945
1 JSF6 before 1945

B.W. Kilburn and Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, NHReturn to Top

Benjamin West Kilburn was known for his stereoscopes and photographs of national parks and early American and Canadian scenery. Benjamin and his brother, Edward made up Kilburn Brothers around 1865 and although Edward left the business in 1877, Kilburn Brothers remained the name of the photography business until about 1880.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Kilburn1
Last in Bed put out the Light
1892
1 Kilburn2
Davos and the picturesque valley, Switzerland.
1901
1 Kilburn3
Willoughby Lake, Westmore, Vermont (98)
undated
1 Kilburn4
Flume, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire (174)
undated
1 Kilburn5
SteamshipLady of the Lakenear dock with lumber (353)
undated

Knowlton Bros., Northampton, MassachusettsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Knowlton1 undated

Louis Magnus Melander, Chicago, IllinoisReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Melander1
Frontier Life[family in doorway of log cabin with man playing violin]
1876

E. Nesemann, Marysville, CaliforniaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Nesemann1
Railroad track suspension bridge, Niagara Falls, New York
circa 1890
1 Nesemann2
Baldwin Hotel on Market Street, San Francisco, California
circa 1890

C. Neurdein, Paris, FranceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Neurdein1
Saint Michel Church, Marseille, France
circa 1865
1 Neurdein2 circa 1865
1 Neurdein3
Palace of Justice, Marseille, France
circa 1865
1 Neurdein4
Notre Dame, Marseille, France
circa 1865
1 Neurdein5 circa 1865
1 Neurdein6
In front of the Bassin de la Joliette, Marseille, France
circa 1865
1 Neurdein7 circa 1865
1 Neurdein8 circa 1865
1 Neurdein9
L'Hotel de Ville courtyard and exterior, Marseille, France
circa 1865
1 Neurdein10
Entrance of the Ports showing Fort Saint-John, Marseille, France
circa 1865
1 Neurdein11
Fort Saint-John, Marseille, France
circa 1865

Nowack & Chase, Minneapolis, MinnesotaReturn to Top

M. Nowack was a publisher from Minneapolis, MN.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Nowack1- Nowack4 1878
1 Nowack5
Memorial Arch to James A. Garfield, Minneapolis
Printed on verso: The memorial arch erected September 26th, 1881 by the Knights Templar of St. Paul in memory of President James A. Garfield. The arch is 40 feet high it suspends over third street on bridge square over 20,000 people were present at the seremonies.
1881

A.H. Pepper & Sons, St. Paul, MinnesotaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Pepper1 undated
1 Pepper2- Pepper3 undated
1 Pepper4
3rd and Wabasha Street showing Myers and Finch Jewelry Firm, Saint Paul, Minnesota
after 1872
1 Pepper5
 Second Minnesota State Capitol Building, Saint Paul, Minnesota
This is the second state capitol building built in 1883 after the first building that was built in 1854 was destroyed by a fire in 1881. The present day capitol building was built in 1905. The second building remained standing until 1937 when it was demolished.
after 1872
1 Pepper6- Pepper7
Minnesota street scenes
undated
1 Pepper8
 Suspension Bridge over the Mississippi at Minneapolis
Probably made by A.H. Pepper and Son Photographers, Saint Paul Minnesota.
1875
1 Pepper9
Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota
Probably made by A.H. Pepper and Son Photographers, Saint Paul Minnesota.
undated
1 Pepper10
 Taylor Falls Bridge, Minnesota
Probably made by A.H. Pepper and Son Photographers, Saint Paul Minnesota.
undated
1 Pepper11
City street with businesses
Written on verso: Looking East on 3rd.Probably made by A.H. Pepper and Son Photographers, Saint Paul Minnesota.
undated

J.A.W. Pittman, Carthage, Springfield, IllinoisReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Pittman1
 National Lincoln Monument
Printed on verso: This view is from a point a little east of north from the Monument, and across a ravine running west through Oak Ridge Cemetery. The vault at the foot of the bluff is the receiving tomb for the Cemetery. Mr. Lincoln's remains were deposited in that vault May 4, 1865. A flight of iron steps, commencing at the left of the vault, ascends in a curved line to the Monument, an elevation of more than fifty feet. The door seen in the picture of the Monument is the entrance to the Catacomb. That is where the thieves entered on the night of Nov. 7, 1876, when they tried to steal the remains of President Lincoln.
1882
1 Pittman2
National Lincoln Monument cavalry group bronze statue in front
Printed on verso: The Cavalry group, in plaster, was shipped by Mr. Mead, the artist, with that of the Artillery, from Florence, Italy, and arrived at Chicopee, Massachusetts, in October, 1880. The casting in bronze and finishing was completed by the Ames Manufacturing Co., in the summer of 1882. It was placed on the southeast pedestal of the Monument March 13, 1883. It weighs 5,500 pounds and cost $13,700. The group represents a battle scene. The trumpeter, mortally wounded has fallen from his horse. A comrade comes to his assistance, and while giving his support is endeavoring with his sword hand to ward off the approaching enemy.
1882

J.J. Reilly and J.P. Spooner, Stockton CaliforniaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Reilly1 undated
1 Reilly2
Eagle Point, Yosemite Valley, California
undated

John P. Soule Stereocards, Boston, MassachusettsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Soule1
Surf breaking on rocks, Nahant, Massachusetts (Soule 596)
undated
1 Soule2 1870

H.E. Slayton, Montpelier, VermontReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Slayton1
Statue of Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen was one of the founders of the state of Vermont and an American Revolutionary War patriot.
circa 1870-circa 1885

Standard Series Stereocards, New YorkReturn to Top

Standard Series was a publisher and producer of stereocards in the 1890's. Known for pirating images they released series of stereocards of European and American views. They used photographs from various photographers including E. & H. T. Anthony and John Soule.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Standard1
Champs-Elysees, Paris
circa 1860-1900
1 Standard2- Standard3 circa 1860-1900
1 Standard4
 Porte Saint-Martin with surrounding businesses, horse drawn carriages and pedestrains, Paris
Porte Saint-Martin was built in 1874 and is located at the crossing of Rue Saint-Martin, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin and meeting of Boulevard Saint-Martin and Boulevard Saint-Denis.
circa 1860-1900
1 Standard5
Carousal Place, Paris
circa 1860-1900
1 Standard6
Bridge over the Seine, Paris
circa 1860-1900
1 Standard7 circa 1860-1900
1 Standard8
A Village in the Harz Mountains, Germany
circa 1860-1900
1 Standard9 circa 1860-1900
1 Standard10
The Lion of Lucerne monument, Lucerne, Switzerland
The lion was made around 1820 to commemorate the Swiss Guard that was killed during the French Revolution in 1792.
circa 1860-1900
1 Standard11 circa 1860-1900
1 Standard12
View of the Trossachs, Scotland
circa 1860-1900

C.W. Stiff , St. Paul MinnesotaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Stiff1
House construction and logging activites at Lead City, Black Hills, Minnesota
undated
1 Stiff2 undated

Underwood & Underwood, circa 1894-1898Return to Top

The publishing company Underwood & Underwood began in 1882. First a door-to-door business, the first small office that Bert and Elmer Underwood opened was in Ottawa, Kansas. In the next two years the businesses expanded quickly and their franchises spread all over North America. Bert Underwood was became a photographer after studying it in 1891, and took travel photos in Italy, Greece, Israel, and Egypt. By the turn of the century the Underwood firm was the most productive publisher in the industry and was never outdone by any proceeding company.

Container(s) Description Dates
Greece
Box item
1 UnderwoodG1
Athens, from the Parthenon, Greece
circa 1894-1898
Egypt
Box item
1 UnderwoodE1
Looking up the northeast corner of the Great Pyramid, Egypt (Underwood 19-2536)
circa 1894-1898
1 UnderwoodE2 1896
1 UnderwoodE3
The Hall of Pillars, Great Temple of Karnak, Upper Egypt
1896
Switzerland
Box item
1 UnderwoodS1 1897
1 UnderwoodS2
Zurich city and river view, Switzerland
1901
United States
Box item
1 UnderwoodUS1 1898
1 UnderwoodUS2
President McKinley and wife in the apartments of the White House, Washington D.C.
1898
1 UnderwoodUS3
Man on balcony looking at Seal Rocks and Clif House, San Francisco, CA
1900
1 UnderwoodUS4
Old Faithful Geyser erupting, Yellowstone Park, CA
1901
Stories
Box item
1 UnderwoodST1
Kiss me first[two children sitting near water well]
Strohmeyer and Wyman (copywriter)
1894
1 UnderwoodST2
  Tired of Play[girl and cat sleeping]
Strohmeyer and Wyman (copywriter)
1898

C.A. Zimmerman, St. Paul, MinnesotaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 Zimmerman1
 3rd & Wabashaw looking East at Memorial Arch for James Garfield, Minnesota
Archway reads: He has fallen in lifes struggle full knightly. With his armor on, prepared for knightly deeds.
circa 1881

Unknown Origination, circa 1860-1945Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
American Stereocards
Minnesota
Box item
1 UOAM1 undated
1 UOAM2
Minnehaha Falls and wooden bridge, Minneosta
undated
Washington
Box item
1 UOAM3
Two men in front of train at Great Northenr Depot, Spokane, Washington
Written on verso: Harry Dean Engr, Carl Fagerdrian fireman at Great Northern Depot. Spokane, Wash.
circa 1900
European Stereocards
Box item
1 UOE1 undated
1 UOE2 undated
Stories
Box item
1 UOS1
The Wife's Prayer[hand colored stereocard of woman praying near her sleeping child]
Martin's Art Gallery, St. Paul, Minn (Publisher)
James Edgar Martin moved to Saint Paul Minnesota from New York around 1857 where he opened the Excelsior Photographic Gallery. He was a retailer of photograph albums, frames, and photographs by photographers such as William Henry Illingworth and Benjamin Franklin Upton. Martin moved to a new store location in 1864 changing the name of his photograph selling business to Martin's Art Gallery.
circa 1864
1 UOS2
  Morning Prayers[hand colored stereocard of family seated around a table]
Martin's Art Gallery, St. Paul, Minn (Publisher)
circa 1864
Stereocards of Artworks
Box item
1 UOA1 undated
1 UOA2
Bust of Minerva
undated
1 UOA3
Young Samuel kneeling in prayer sculpture
undated
1 UOA4
Sculpture of Cain and Abel
undated
1 UOA5 undated
1 UOA6
Sculpture,The Murder of the Innocents
undated
Miscellaneous
Box item
1 UOM1
 Interior of a church
Written on verso: Compliments of U.M. Rasin.
undated
1 UOM2 undated
1 UOM3
Bouquet of flowers
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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