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Prepared by Eric Linderman, March 1997; Updated November 2017; Last Updated: August 2020
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet (1 record storage box + one oversized box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Historical Note: Stereographs were an especially popular Victorian parlor entertainment. The first card stereographs were introduced in the 1850's, and were used primarily for educational purposes, emphasizing geography and history. Stereographs from around the turn of the century, however, began to incorporate humorous and dramatic themes.
Scope and Content: Comprising this collection are various groupings of card stereographs. These are dual photographic images mounted on cards, to be viewed with a hand-held style stereoscope. The images are photographed from slightly different points of view, providing the appearence of a three dimensional image when it is viewed through the lenses of the device. This collection groups pictures from different producers and of differing content. Among the more educational cards are those that depict natural geography, such as Yosemite and Niagara Falls, as well as world cities, sculptures and architecture. A variety of genre scenes depict family life and comedy scenes, some of which are hand colored. Notable in this collection are cards that illustrate local history, especially that of Kent, Cleveland, and Toledo.
Box 1 -- Stereograph Photo Cards
Box 2 -- Stereoscope (Stereo Viewers)