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Historical notes about Stereo Photography

Shortly after the invention of the camera, photographers started producing and marketing stereo prints and cards.A Holmes Stereo Card.  These have been viewed and enjoyed in homes from the middle of the 19th century.  These have included extensive battle scene photography during the civil war and parlor stereo scope sets made popular in the late 1800s.

The cameras used for these involved large format film and the cards were essentially contact prints. Stereoscope Companies such as Keystone Views produced millions of cards with tens of thousands of titles many which can still be found at reasonable prices at antique stores and flea markets today.  This early phase of stereo photography lasted until the 1930s.

In the 1950s stereo photography enjoyed a mini revival due to the introduction of the Stereo Realist camera by the David White Company.  This time the media of choice was slides not prints and the results were seen through illuminated viewers or through projection, not Holmes stereoscopes.  Again the popularity of stereo photography started to recede in the early 1960s with only the View-Master as a reminder of the popularity of that era.

Civil war book.Berezin Stereo Photography Products supports people interested in both these era's of stereoGreat for viewing stereo pairs. photography.  For collectors of the older stereo cards we have inexpensive Lorgnette viewers for viewing the cards without an expensive stereoscope, reproduction stereo cards from the last century, and the book, Civil War in Depth.   This is the first book to present the greatest photographs of the Civil War in the three-dimensional format in which they were originally taken and meant to be seen.

We also have four View-Master books (books with View-Master Reels) that cover the history of stereo photography from its infancy until now.  These include:

3-D Past and Present is an excellent full-color work that covers a lot of 3-D ground. Its many topics include 3-D basics, some history of 3-D and stereo cameras, uses of 3-D, holography, and a large section on the history and development of View-Master 3-D.
3D Imagics- A Stereoscopic Guide to the 3-D Past and its Magic Images, This is one of the finest works on the history of 3-D and the images created by past photographers. Wim van Keulen discusses in detail the processes developed to create and print 3-D cards as well as the many devices used to view them during the "Golden Age of 3-D", from 1838 to 1900.
View-Master Viewers - An Illustrated History 1939-1994: At the 1939 New York World's Fair, theView Master History first View-Master 3-D Viewer was introduced. Since that time it has brought continuous enjoyment to young and old alike. This work is a historical overview of View-Master equipment since its introduction. Six View-Master Reels (42 3-D pictures) show the many different viewers manufactured over the years, and also several unusual and rare 3-D viewers, some of which are one-of-a-kind examples.
Begun in 1948 by one of the pioneers of View-Master and not completed until 1962, the originalAnatomy Atlas. "Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy" consisted of 221 View-Master Reels with 1,547 color stereo views of dissections of every body region. This, the new "Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy" contains 83 of the original stereo views on 12 View-Master Reels and the labeled drawings that accompany them. The text and stereo image selection for this new book was done by Robert A. Chase, M.D., of the Anatomy Department of Stanford University (where Bassett and Gruber did all their work).

Archival Box.For collectors of 1950s stereo slides we have: museum quality archival stereo slide boxes, the safest way to store stereo slides.  We also have viewer parts and viewer repair manuals, for keeping the 1950s viewers up and working, and still produce a stereo slide viewer that was designed in the 1940s. 

A good place to start browsing is our products page.

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