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The New York public Library has put more than 5,000 stereographs (from it's collection of 40,000+) online, in a semi-animated format, here, http://stereo.nypl.org/
What a great resource, but why do the photos oscillate? It's really annoying.
OK, Daniel, what are you supposed to do to view these photos in 3-D? Are you supposed to be able to make red and blue tinted glasses? Or should you use glasses that you may have at home from old 3-D comics? And what is the alternative of viewing them as some kind of animations? Don't tell me that the St. Vitus dance these scenes are doing is the animation! Give us some help, please!
Sue & Murray, all quibbles, queries, and kvetches should be directed to the New York Public Library. Prior to doing that, click on the "About" link, which will take you to an explanation. Stereogranimator is an attempt to recreate the original 3-D effect of viewing stereos on a stereoscope. They look like 3-D silent movies, viewed one-frame at a time, though if one is prone to kinetosis, viewing them is probably not the best way to spend the afternoon.
Personally, I'm fond the the dancing, er, wiggling bear. Dan
I thought they were cool,,,
For those of you who want the real deal in all of it's 3 D un-wiggling glory might I recommend a visit to your nearest large antique mall?There are usually a few there and most stereoviewers of the most common sort are available with a selection of cards for $150.00 or less.In buying views you should look for good quality actual stereo photography rather than cheap reproductions of them(most catalogue company's really cheap big bargain assortments).Some of the most famous makers of high quality views were Underwood and Underwood and Keystone and both are readily available.
Now, of particular interest to us are Western Views-There were quite a few taken both by the big companies as well as lesser knowm stereoview companies and small town photographers.
You're right. The photography available on the Underwood and Keystone views is quite good. Stereographs were the iPads of the turn-of-the-last century. They're already working on the iPads of the next, where the entire gizmo will be inside your eyeglasses -- iPeepers?
I still have the Viewmaster stereo viewer and many slides from the late 1940's and the 1950's that my parents bought me as a gift. To me, the slides were like a poor kid's way of traveling around the U.S. and the world, as, with the color 3-D effect, it was almost like being there. Among my favorites were numerous views of the Grand Canyon.
I received a Viewmaster in 1960 and was intrigued with the Yellowstone slides.Then in 1962 my grandmother bought me a Viewmaster projector that came with a 3 ft screen-big 3D !I still have them.
Anthony, I have a "Tru-Vue Viewer" with a nice inlaid wooden storage box and several manufactured Stereoscopic filmstrips in their containers..This was a company that existed in Rock Island from 1931-1951..The images from the film appeared in 3-D..Here's a bit about that on Wikipedia..
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