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Cities and sites glass stereograph collection, 1854-circa 1880

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Cities and Sites Glass Stereograph Collection

Scope and Content of Collection

This is an open, growing collection of glass stereographs, depicting sites and peoples from around the world. A number of stereographs include the firm name "Ferrier f.f. A. Soulier J. Levy Sr.," "Ferrier père fils et Soulier," or "Ferrier pf. & Soulier, Lèon & Levy succre." Other photographers represented include Platt D. Babbitt, Charles Breese, Brevetè, Francis Frith, Grillet, and Frederick Langenheim.

Stereographs are two almost identical images mounted together, which appear as a single three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope. Invented in 1838, the stereograph was introduced to the public at the International Exhibition of 1851, London. Although more expensive than paper stereographs, glass stereographs were prized for their clarity and quality of detail. They were introduced into the United States in 1854 by the Langenheim Brothers and were popular there until Civil War shortages caused decreased production. Glass stereographs continued to be produced in Europe throughout the 19th century.

Also included are two glass lantern slides.

Images are titled in the negative, except where noted.


Arranged in two series: ; .
Series I. Geographical
Series II. Miscellaneous and unidentified

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