A guide An introduction to the vintage American stereoview. The history can be found elsewhere in more detail, for sure, but here are some quick, visual guidelines. The main dates are Apologies up front for all the generalizations, but to be more detailed would make it more difficult to quarry. This is just a tease.
Most cards cards from all the average tourist spots manage to turn up now and then at shows or auctions sites, even cards by well known and collectible makers such as Carleton Watkins out of San Francisco or Seneca Ray Stoddard working in the Adirondacks. But many cards, perhaps even most individual images, are quite difficult to actually track down.
If you want your own copy of any single Eadweard Muybridge card, good luck. You might find a Muybridge, surely, but not the one you thought you wanted. So, enjoy what you can find, for its own particular rarity. There are hundreds of regional and local photographers with good quality images and cards just waiting to be discovered and fleshed out a little.
For example. You can check for other regional photographers on or Google and quickly zero in on a style or region. Some of my favorites among the not-so-famous: C.
Savage, H. Bennett, B. Bradley, J.
Wilson, B. Childs, Geo. Not to mention hundreds of really great photographers who had only a dozen or a hundred views to their name, but were of top quality and of great topical as well as photographic interest.
A site of more links some are no doubt out of date by now, but try them. Another site of links, including modern 3-D technology and stereoview fan clubs. If you find an cabinet card of the Harvard baseball team or imperial cabinet card showing a high school class there will be no more than a handful of other original copies and it often is unique.
The following looks at the different kinds of mounted photographs, including how to judge their age. The kinds are ordered as follows: cartes de visite aka CDVcabinet cards, stereoviews and miscellaneous mounted photos.
Carte de visite is the singular. Carte s de visite is the plural.
Also popularly referred to as CDV and carte. Duration : s to early s.
Popular ss. Cartes de visite, often nicknamed cartes and CDVsis French for visiting card, as this was a popular early use of these small picture cards. A woman might hand out or mail a carte with her picture on it to friends and relatives. In the United States cartes became popular at the beginning of the Civil War.
They were used for many purposes, including as identification cards for soldiers, trade cards for businesses and as family photos. Cartes of popular subjects could be bought at local stores. Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln and famous theatres actors were popular subjects.
Collecting cartes and putting them into specially made albums was a popular hobby, and many of these albums exist today. Cartes come in many photographic and mount styles.
Some are plain, while others are ornate. Along with the subject in the image style of uniforms, type of equipment, identifiable athlete, etccartes can be dated by the style of the mount, as this changed over time. The following describes the general trends.
Exceptions to these trends will be found. Albumen prints were regularly used until the early to mid s.
DATING CARD MOUNTED PHOTOGRAPHS © [email protected] - HOME - Comments Card mounted photographs from the 19th and early 20th century, such as cartes-de-visites, cabinet cards and stereographs can be generally dated by their format and mount type. Dating Stereoviews had orgies with friends Dating Stereoviews I have known for over a decade. I have got calls from woman who wanted to cheat on her husband (implying they wanted to / Langenheim, Francis, Grinnell House, (a wet plate era glass view in standard size) Some later glass views were made in Europe, but full size glass views were not made in the U.S., as far as I know, after the late s or early s.
Most s cartes will have gelatin-silver prints with more black and white images. Examples with carbon prints and cyanotypes bright blue images are rare but can be found.
The mount corners are square. A square cornered CDV is reliably dated the s or s. While often there is the studio name printed on back, there usually is no printed text on the front.
Unusually small vignetted images oval images date to this period example pictured on next page. Starting in the early s the mounts had rounded corners and came in more colors. By the mid s gold gilded, beveled edges were used. By the s dark colors were common and the mount often had scalloped edges.
Dating Stereoviews Good Dating Stereoviews luck getting it back. Male sexuality is a marketplace, and scam artists see it as an opportunity to exploit. Dating Stereoviews NEVER go to a website asking for a CC number, even if they say it's "for free". Email or mobile number. k views View 39 Upvoters/ Jenny and Ray Norman welcome you to their site which now illustrates many thousands of stereoviews dating from the s onwards. Many well known photographers are represented, such as George Washington Wilson, Francis Bedford, Alfred Silvester, William Grundy and William Sedgfield, many specialised subjects such as diableries and glass views by Ferrier and Soulier. The Golden Age of Stereoviews. s and 70s. Most views were aimed at tourists and the curious, and at collectors, who were often both. Cards could be bought at the sites (Niagara Falls for an obvious example, but at a cave entrance, or a train stop with a view of a tree) or at emporiums, which were like book stores that carried stereographs (as they were called back then) gathered from all.
The mount thickness changed over time, with the earlier ones being thinner than the later ones. The s mounts are typically thinner than the s mounts which are typically thinner than the s and later mounts.
Having inexpensive examples from different years on hand will help judge thickness. In the s the logo was relatively small and with conservative font. As the years went by the design became larger and more ornate, sometimes taking up the entire back.
Note that s and early s CDVs that were used as trade cards give away cards advertising a product or service can have larger advertisements on back. Large ornate studio names on the bottom front of the mount are typical of late s cartes.
The early studio backgrounds in the images were typically plain. By the late s backgrounds were often busy and garish. Tax stamps on the back of CDVs help give a date. See the main page: The Stereoview.
The most famous and collectible of these then as well as today involved important themes: trains, Indians, the Civil War which wasafter alland disasters early photojournalism, in its own way, shot and distributed widely and fairly quickly. A few starting examples:. Many from the 60s and 70s have yellow or orange mounts, like these examples from one of the biggest or the biggest producer at the time, E.
The bottom card is a later kind of issue, but from the same set of earlier negatives. Anthony views are usually numbered in the image or on the back label, and are well researched and catalogued. Anthony, Triphammer Fallsc. The s and 70s were the glorious heyday of the stereoview, with thousands of photographers of all stripes producing between a dozen and several thousand different views, each. Many are extremely fine, well made, well preserved. Others have shown signs of improper washing or mounting and have faded.
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The cards by Bennett in Wisconsin are among the very best ever made, technically. One sign of success and ambition was the introduction of taller cards.