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Stereographs

Stereoscopic photography was very popular in 19th and 20th centuries for their ability to recreate the illusion of three-dimensional view.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1870
[Buildings at the Fairmount Water Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania],
Stereographs are devices capable of building a three-dimensional​ image out of two photographs that have about two and a half inches difference between them so that it could imitate the two eyes’ real field of view. Combining these images into a single one with the help of stereoscope, a person can experience the illusion of the image’s depth.
Stereoscope uses the same principle as in human binocular vision. Our eyes are separated by about two inches, so we see everything from two different angles. When the brain combined those views in a single picture, we get the spatial depth and dimension. Stereographs were extremely popular between 1850 and 1930 all around the world. Millions of stereographs were made during that time. There was a broad range of themes: landscape, travel, historical moments, nature disasters, architecture and many others.
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[Mrs. William Y. McAllister, half-length, seated, with arm resting on table with tablecloth]

[Mrs. William Y. McAllister, half-length, seated, with arm resting on ...

Written on back: Mrs. W. Y. McAllister. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Library of Congress)

Front of unfinished church in Chihuahua

Front of unfinished church in Chihuahua

On verso: Built 150 years ago; used in time of Mexican War by U.S. troops as hospital. No. 43298.

[William Y. McAllister, half-length, seated]

[William Y. McAllister, half-length, seated]

Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Library of Congress)

[John McAllister, half-length portrait, facing slightly left]

[John McAllister, half-length portrait, facing slightly left]

Printed on back: Stereoscopes. Written on label on back: J. McAllister, Jr. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Mar... more

[View of Paris with church steeple in foreground]

[View of Paris with church steeple in foreground]

Hallmark: Houssemaine Garanti 40. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Library of Congress)

[John and Fanny Stevenson, three-quarters length, seated, with arms resting on table with tablecloth]

[John and Fanny Stevenson, three-quarters length, seated, with arms re...

Written on back: John & Fanny Stevenson. Label on back: From John McAllister, So. Orange St. Media, Pa. Fanny may be Frances, the sister of John Stevenson. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). F... more

Crystal Palace, London

Crystal Palace, London

Written on back: Crystal Palace, London $2.00. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Lib... more

[Agnes Y. McAllister, three-quarters length, seated in ornate chair, with arm resting on table with tablecloth]

[Agnes Y. McAllister, three-quarters length, seated in ornate chair, w...

Written on back: Agnes Y. McAllister, Dec. 1853. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (L... more

[Sarah Allister McAllister Grant, three-quarters length, seated in chair, with arm resting on table with tablecloth]

[Sarah Allister McAllister Grant, three-quarters length, seated in cha...

Written on back: Sarah M. Grant, 1853? Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Library of Congress)

[Family of W.Y. McAllister]

[Family of W.Y. McAllister]

Written on back: "4 of the children of W.Y. McAllister. Taken 1854 or 1855." Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Ma... more

[Unidentified man, three-quarters length, seated, with arm resting on table with tablecloth]

[Unidentified man, three-quarters length, seated, with arm resting on ...

Written on back: April 24, 1854. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Library of Congress)

[Henrietta, wife of Wardale G. McAllister, three-quarters length, seated in ornate chair, with arm resting on table with tablecloth]

[Henrietta, wife of Wardale G. McAllister, three-quarters length, seat...

Written on back: Mrs. Wardale G. McAllister, May 18, 1855. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson col... more

Emlen Cresson & son Willie Prichett Cresson

Emlen Cresson & son Willie Prichett Cresson

Possibly by Samuel Broadbent, based on painted backdrop. Case: flowers in central medallion surrounded by scroll design. Inscribed on case: Mascher's Improved Stereoscope, Philada., Patent March 8, 1853. Paper ... more

[Emlen Cresson, three-quarters length portrait, facing front, with arm resting on table with tablecloth]

[Emlen Cresson, three-quarters length portrait, facing front, with arm...

Possibly by Samuel Broadbent based on painted backdrop. Case: lilies on front and geometric design on back. Inscribed on case: Mascher's Improved Stereoscope, Philada., Patent March 8, 1853. Paper label adhered... more

New Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, building, Pa.

New Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, building, Pa.

Stereograph showing the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane under construction, with many workers posing in foreground. Langenheim's American Stereoscopic Views. Blind stamp: Langenheim. Inscribed on verso: Me... more

[Old Swedes Church (Gloria Dei Church) and cemetery, Philadelphia, with Reverend Jehu Curtis Clay standing among gravestones]

[Old Swedes Church (Gloria Dei Church) and cemetery, Philadelphia, wit...

No. 51. Marian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress). Title devised by Library staff.

Prince of Wales and suite

Prince of Wales and suite

Photograph shows the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and his entourage at photographer Mathew Brady's New Photographic Studio, Broadway and 10th Street, New York City. Copyright by M.B. Brady. Brady Ste... more

Moon-light point view

Moon-light point view

Moonlight view of Niagara Falls. No. 176. On mount: Niagara scenery by S. Davis.

Military on Broadway

Military on Broadway

Stereograph shows soldiers on Broadway, men in trees and crowds lining the street, probably during Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession, April, 24 or 25, New York City, N.Y. No. 345. Title from item. Publisher ... more

Reception of the Prince of Wales

Reception of the Prince of Wales

Military reception at the Battery, New York, New York. Copyright by M.B. Brady. No. 2.

Entrée du forum civil, à Pompeï

Entrée du forum civil, à Pompeï

Title from item. On mount: Vedute d'Italia di E. Lamy/Vues d'Italie par E. Lamy. No. 71.

[East Capitol Street as it was] / by W.M. Chase.

[East Capitol Street as it was] / by W.M. Chase.

Bird's-eye view of the east Capitol grounds, including the Greenough statue of George Washington, and East Capitol Street taken from the dome of the U.S. Capitol. "American Views" Incorrect printed caption: "Dr... more

Main Street, Germantown

Main Street, Germantown

Photograph shows street in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Title from item. Forms part of: Marian S. Carson Collection at the Library of Congress.

Cave of the Winds, Niagara

Cave of the Winds, Niagara

Man standing by bridge at lower part of waterfalls, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls. No. 781.

American Fall and ice mountain

American Fall and ice mountain

People and horse on ice, Niagara Falls, New York.

Bridge to First S...r Island, Niagara ...
The twelfth regiment "laying off" in the Navy Yard barracks at Washington

The twelfth regiment "laying off" in the Navy Yard barracks at Washing...

Stereograph showing soldiers from the 12th regiment relaxing in the barracks, most out of uniform and some sitting on their bunks. No. 826. Title from item. Forms part of: Civil War Photograph Collection (Libra... more

War views -- Army of the Potomac -- the way they cook dinner in camp

War views -- Army of the Potomac -- the way they cook dinner in camp

Photograph shows five Union soldiers, including one African American soldier, sitting and eating in front of tents. No. 2057. Title from item. Photographer's name from same photograph in New York Public Library... more

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Interior of Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. No. 286.

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Interior of Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. No. 285.

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Exterior of Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. No. 284.

Gen. Lee's headquarters

Gen. Lee's headquarters

Robert E. Lee's headquarters, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Photographed and published by W.H. Tipton & Co. Civil War Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). No. 573.

Atlantic Building, [Providence, Rhode Island]

Atlantic Building, [Providence, Rhode Island]

Stereograph showing Atlantic Building, Providence, Rhode Island, with tenants Economical Mutual Life Insurance Co., Atlantic Fire & Marine Insurance Co., First National Bank, Cranston Savings Bank, and Nickerso... more

Rock Creek, below Culp's Hill

Rock Creek, below Culp's Hill

Civil War Photograph Collection. No. 502.

Evacuation of Port Royal, Va., May 30, 1864

Evacuation of Port Royal, Va., May 30, 1864

Horses on bank as United Army personnel cross pontoon bridge onto waiting boats. Civil War Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). The war for the Union, photographic war history. No. 2492. Original glass ... more

Standing Buffalo, Winnebago

Standing Buffalo, Winnebago

Standing Buffalo, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, holding musket.

Pos-Ka-Ka or White Face, Winnebago celebrated for the size of his nose

Pos-Ka-Ka or White Face, Winnebago celebrated for the size of his nose

Pos-Ka-Ka or White Face, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing slightly left. Photo possibly by B. H. Gurnsey.

The woods where the 147 lay at the time of the charge of the rebels on Culps Hill near Spanglers Lane

The woods where the 147 lay at the time of the charge of the rebels on...

"Taken from the lane looking south east" on verso.

Gray Wolf, Chief of Winnebagoes

Gray Wolf, Chief of Winnebagoes

Gray Wolf, full-length portrait, seated, facing left, holding rifle. Photo possibly by B.H. Gurnsey. No. 504.

The Funeral of President Lincoln, New-York, April 25th, 1865

The Funeral of President Lincoln, New-York, April 25th, 1865

Funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln. Copyright by E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. No. 22.

Smith's Island, Phil.

Smith's Island, Phil.

Photograph shows the swimming pool on Smith's Island, a popular 19th century resort area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Title from item. Forms part of: Marian S. Carson Collection at the Library of Congress.

Handel and Hayden Hall occupied by the Union Business College of Philadelphia

Handel and Hayden Hall occupied by the Union Business College of Phila...

Photograph shows students attending class at Union Business College, now named Peirce College, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Title from item. Continuation of caption on verso: Thomas May Peirce, A.M., Presiden... more

Tonnuga(?) Winnebago man

Tonnuga(?) Winnebago man

No. 178. Winnebago man, full-length portrait, seated on log, facing slightly right.

A letter from home - on the Allenkaket River, Alaska

A letter from home - on the Allenkaket River, Alaska

Man sitting outside tent(?) reading letter, shotgun across his lap, and a dog sitting at his feet. 64381 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 11543. Copyright by B.L. Singley.

Dog Island L.H.

Dog Island L.H.

Stereograph shows Dog Island Lighthouse with adjacent structure. Title from item.

Cape San Blas

Cape San Blas

Stereograph shows Cape San Blas Lighthouse with attached house. Title from item.

Railroad cut

Railroad cut

Field at Gettysburg with fences. "Gettysburg battlefield views" on verso.

Minot's Ledge Light

Minot's Ledge Light

Stereograph shows art reproduction of Minot's Ledge Lighthouse with large waves crashing against it. Title from item.

View of the S.W. Pass Lighthouse in April 1867

View of the S.W. Pass Lighthouse in April 1867

Stereograph shows the first lighthouse built at Southwest Pass Entrance, Louisiana; also shows keeper's house and boardwalk path. No. 98. Title from item.

[Maquette of Union soldier for Roxbury Soldiers' Monument and other sculptures at the studio of Martin Milmore in Boston, Massachusetts]

[Maquette of Union soldier for Roxbury Soldiers' Monument and other sc...

47274 U.S. Copyright Office. Transfer; Manuscript Division; July 2, 1928; (DLC/PP-1928:47274) Title devised by Library staff.

Battle-field of Gettysburg The effect of musketry and shell on the trees of Culp's Hill, on ground occupied by Rebels, in front of Union breast-works.

Battle-field of Gettysburg The effect of musketry and shell on the tre...

Tipton & Myers' Stereoscopic Views. No. 522. Title from item.

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Effect of Union shot and shell on the trees on Culp's Hill

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Effect of Union shot and shell on the tre...

Broken and fallen trees on Gettysburg battlefield. Tipton & Myers' stereoscopic views series. No. 533.

Our gallant soldier-boys flirting with fair admirers, Dewey Parade, N.Y.

Our gallant soldier-boys flirting with fair admirers, Dewey Parade, N....

75995 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by R. Y. Young. Title from item.

The One Horn. Winnebago

The One Horn. Winnebago

Winnebago man, half-length portrait, seated, facing slightly left. No. 515. Possibly photographed by B.H. Gurnsey.

[Winnebago child, full-length portrait, standing, facing front draped in blanket]
Battle-field of Gettysburg - Theological Seminary, used as a hospital during and after the battle

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Theological Seminary, used as a hospital ...

Tipton & Myers' stereoscopic views series. No. 574.

Santee Sioux women

Santee Sioux women

Two Santee Sioux women, full-length portraits, seated, facing front, wrapped in blankets. Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton. No. 13.

General Wood transferring Cuba's government and delivering President Roosevelt's letter to President Palma, May 20, 1902, Palace, Havana

General Wood transferring Cuba's government and delivering President R...

Stereograph shows Gov. Leonard Wood handing letter to President Tomás Estrada y Palma in a crowded room. H19900 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Underwood & Underwood. Title from item.

Winnebago camp scene

Winnebago camp scene

Several people on hillside huddle around simmering pot.

Winnebago children

Winnebago children

Four Winnebago children squatting or sitting in foreground. No. 191. Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton.

Big Winnebago Jim

Big Winnebago Jim

Winnebago man, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, seated, wrapped in blanket. No. 187.

Winnebago squaw

Winnebago squaw

Winnebago woman, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, wrapped in blanket with child on her back. Title transcribed from item. Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton. No. 31.

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Union breast works on Culp's Hill, temporarily taken by the Rebels

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Union breast works on Culp's Hill, tempor...

Broken and fallen trees on Gettysburg battlefield. Tipton & Myers' stereoscopic views series. No. 537.

[Winnebago man, full-length, seated, facing front, with blanket around his mid-section]
The Council of War

The Council of War

Photograph shows statuette by John Rogers depicting Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in a grouping. Copyrighted by John Rogers in 1868. Title from item.

The one that walks behind

The one that walks behind

Winnebago woman, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing slightly left. Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton.

Winnebago treaty table?

Winnebago treaty table?

Outside a tipi, Winnebago Indians gather around a small table with a few Euro-Americans. Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton.

Standing Buffalo. A celebrated dancer. Winnebago / photograph by W.H. Illingworth.

Standing Buffalo. A celebrated dancer. Winnebago / photograph by W.H. ...

Standing Buffalo, full-length portrait, seated, facing slightly right. No. 502.

[Winnebago woman, full-length portrait, seated, facing right]

[Winnebago woman, full-length portrait, seated, facing right]

No. 520. Possibly photographed by B.H. Gurnsey.

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Little Round Top--Swamp and breastworks in foreground

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Little Round Top--Swamp and breastworks i...

Stumps and rocks with tree covered hill in background.

South Sea Conchological Co.

South Sea Conchological Co.

Two men in booth selling conch shells.

[Winnebago woman, half-length portrait, facing front]

[Winnebago woman, half-length portrait, facing front]

Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton.

Winnebago squaws

Winnebago squaws

Two Winnebago women with infant in cradleboard across their knees. Title transcribed from item. Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton.

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Northern portion of Gettysburg, from a position west of the town, near the Theological Seminary

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Northern portion of Gettysburg, from a po...

Tipton & Myers' stereoscopic views series. No. 576.

[Group of people gathered on porch of large home, possibly that of Winnebago agent]
[Group of Winnebago Indians on hillside]

[Group of Winnebago Indians on hillside]

No. 135. Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton.

[Standing Buffalo, Winnebago man, reclining on ground, rifle accross leg]

[Standing Buffalo, Winnebago man, reclining on ground, rifle accross l...

Possibly photographed by C.L. Hamilton. No. 179. Possible date on verso: 1874.

Castle on the Mountain, Echo Canon

Castle on the Mountain, Echo Canon

Stereograph showing a flat rock formation on top of a hill.

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Gen. Meade's headquarters on the Taneytown Road, near National Cemetery

Battle-field of Gettysburg - Gen. Meade's headquarters on the Taneytow...

Tipton & Myers' stereoscopic views series. No. 557.

[Group of Winnebago Indians seated on bench outside of building]
At the Cliff House, San Francisco

At the Cliff House, San Francisco

Photograph shows cliffs along the Pacific coast. No. 774. Title from item.