Historical notes about Stereo Photography
Shortly after the invention of the camera, photographers started producing and marketing stereo prints and cards. 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. 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.
Berezin Stereo Photography Products supports people interested in both these era's of stereo 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:
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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