Antique stereoviews are your ticket to time travel, and can tell great stories from the past! Looking at a vintage card through your stereoscope, you can step right into the scene and imagine how things must have been for people in a particular era. The popularity of this medium in the 19th and early 20th century now allows us to view history via this immersive medium. This section is devoted to the magic of antique stereo-photographs. Learn all about the do’s and don’ts of collecting antique stereoviews, and building a well curated collection of your own here. We will also periodically share stereoviews that are part of private collections.
Stereoscopic negatives are, by nature of their creation, trickier dragons to conquer than are those made by traditional two-dimensional cameras. They are vicious chimeras, products of distinct photographic and stereographic processes, and difficult to tame. Read here how to do it.
Every now and then you can find stereo illustrated books that incorporate a viewer, to view the printed stereo pairs, rather than anaglyphs. This basic concept and format turns out to be quite old. Read more about it in David Starkman’s abbreviated history of Stereo Illustrated books.
This is the first post of a two-part series about collecting stereoscopy antiques. This post is about collecting stereoviews. André tells about his experiences based on two years of searching and bidding on glass stereoviews of the First World War, but in general these tips apply to all themes.