Composite collection of 37 Kentucky-related stereograph photographs acquired from multiple sources grouped together for ease of use and access. Includes views of Mammoth Cave, the Southern Exposition, and destruction from the Louisville tornado of 1890.
An early form of 3D photograph, stereographs, also called stereoviews, were produced from the mid-1850s to after the first World War. Stereographs are made of two nearly identical images shot with a camera with two lenses approximately two inches apart, that when mounted next to each other on a card and looked at through a stereoscope appear three-dimensional.
An early form of entertainment, education, and news reporting, stereographs were a commercial success with a heyday in the 1870s - 1880s. Publishing companies sold large sets of stereographs with themes including fictional narratives, views from around the world, political events and parades, and scenes from wars and natural disasters. Stereographs were both plentiful and affordable and could be found in many homes during the late nineteenth century.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Conditions Governing Use
These materials are assumed to be in the public domain.
Kentucky stereograph cards composite collection, 2019_184, Box: 1. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.
Kentucky stereograph cards composite collection, 2019_184, Box: 1. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/1206 Accessed December 02, 2021.