These two stereograph cards are real photographs of the 825-foot, first working railway suspension bridge in the world, that stood near Niagara Falls from its construction in 1855 until it was replaced in 1897 by the Steel Arch Bridge. The suspension bridge was engineered with two decks: an upper one across which trains would run, and a lower one for foot and vehicle traffic.
Neither card is dated but we would suggest the pictures were taken not long after the bridge was built -- much closer to 1855 than to 1897.
These small cards are 3-1/4 inches x 6-3/4 inches, printed on heavy orange stock with a buffy-yellow color back with rounded corners. Please note the corners of each photo are square (not rounded), and the photos are 2-5/8 inches square. These photos have age darkened and appear today as sepia toned.
One card (titled "Niagara Suspension Bridge")shows a view of the railroad tracks across the upper level. The second card (titled, "Interior Suspension Bridge" apparently shows the approach and view onto the lower deck that was used by pedestrians and carriages -- complete with what appears to be a toll taker's booth. (Note, the title on the "Interior" card is printe on upside down.)
CONDITION: Very good for their age. There is slight fading of the photos but with a magnifying glass, tiny details can be made out. There is no photographer's information on either card. There is overall "desk drawer grunge" with light surface scuffs and marks. The worst damage appears to be the corner bumps on the card corners, and there is a crease angling up into the photo near the right upper corner of the Interior card.
Item ID: JLB-5
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