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Miss Laura Town's [i.e. Towne's] school, St. Helena Island, South Carolina

Miss Laura Town's [i.e. Towne's] school, St. Helena Island, South Carolina



Photograph shows the children of Freedmen and their teachers in front of the Penn School on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022).
Title from item.
Attributed to photographers Hubbard & Mix by collector.
Date of photo based on years that photographers were in business together. Source: Teal, Harvey S., Partners with the sun: South Carolina Photographers, 1840-1940. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2001.
Forms part of: The Robin G. Stanford Collection.
Digitized 2015 Funding from Center for Civil War Photography.

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. Nowadays, simply launch this collection full screen and put your mobile device in Google Cardboard Viewer.

During the Civil War, photographers produced thousands of stereoviews. Stereographs were popular during American Civil War. A single glass plate negative capture both images using a Stereo camera. Prints from these negatives were intended to be looked at with a special viewer called a stereoscope, which created a three-dimensional ("3-D") image. This collection includes glass stereograph negatives, as well as stereograph card prints.





Hubbard & Mix, photographer


Saint Helena Island32.37627, -80.57222
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