Vintage 1860s American Civil War era New York City Central Park real photo stereo view - men, women and baby children posed on a Central Park path. Two men are in Civil War era Army or Navy dress uniforms, and a gentleman in the background on the bench is wearing a coat and top hat of the day. The three women are also in period 1860s dress – one holding a baby; one pushing a carriage (pram), and an older lady sitting on a park bench holding another child.
A RARE example of how stereo view photography works. Under magnification, it is clearly evident that one of the two cameras used snapped its photo a second or two later than the other! Magnification clearly shows the difference in perspective and timing between the left and right camera images. The baby's face cradled in the arms of the women in the foreground is exceptionally detailed. In the right image, the baby's mouth is now closed; the pregnant woman with the pram has stopped smiling; the older woman on the bench has changed her expression; and the gentleman in the background is now looking directly at the camera.
NOTE: These pictures give only an approximation of the true stereoscopic image, and DO NOT DO IT JUSTICE. What appears to be a rather simple flat photo, becomes much more interesting when viewed in 3-D through the stereo viewer.
On the back of this view is an advertisement for "A.M. Gerry, Druggist" of South Paris Maine. View published by American Scenery – one of the "no-name" pirate companies that did not credit any person or photographer - produced extensive low-quality pirated series starting in the late 1860s to early 1870s. From the content images, it appears that the photo by the original publisher dates to the 1861-1865 period. Square topped images dates the American Scenery card to within 10-15 years after the Civil War.
3-D EFFECT: Exceptional 3-D effect - evident from the marked difference between the perspectives of the right and left photo images.
PHOTO NOTE: The flat finished sepia toned real photo images are in good condition for their age, and much clearer through the stereo viewer than it would appear from these photos. Early flat cards do not present themselves as well in photos, and these photos cannot show the true 3-D stereoscopic effect view seen through a stereo viewer. The close-up photos are sharper than the gallery view, and the actual images viewed through a stereo viewer are EVEN sharper than they appear in the photo images. The somewhat grainy texture is natural in the photographic processes used to take older stereo view images. Light scratches and small defects are accentuated by the photo process, and are usually imperceptible through the stereo viewer.
CONDITION NOTE: The flat mounted images are in wonderful condition for their age. Light age spots on the photos are typical of this vintage view, and barely noticeable threw the viewer. Darker spots on the outside of both images may be damage to the negatives. Small slivers of photos are missing between the right and left photos are virtually unnoticeable when viewed through the stereoscopic viewer. Card has some rounding and folding on the corners and minor damage to the edges; some soiling around the edges, and a small tear on the left border. Back has some light soiling.
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