Late 1860s real photo stereo view - an 1866 John Rogers African American sculpture group titled "Uncle Ned's School". Depicting an African American man who interrupts his chores to answer a girl's question from a book, this early Post Civil War statue was considered a powerful commentary on the freed slaves determination to better their people's position in life with education. The original sculpture is now in the permanent collection of the Charles Hosmer Morse museum in Winter Park, Florida.
Flat photo images attached give only an approximation of the nature of the stereoscopic image, and do not begin to do it justice. This is an actually an EXCEPTIONAL image when viewed through a stereo viewer.
John Rogers (1829-1904) was an American sculptor who produced very popular, relatively inexpensive figurines in the latter 19th century. He became famous for his small genre sculptures, almost 80 different "Rogers Groups", which were mass produced in cast plaster.
Flat card measures 3-7/16" x 6-7/8".
There is no publisher or distributor information on the card, but square topped images usually date to within 10-15 years after the Civil War.
PHOTO NOTE: The flat finished sepia toned real photo images are actually clear, sharp and in good condition. Early cards do not present themselves as well in photos, and these photos are only an approximation of the actual stereoscopic view seen through a stereo viewer. The close-up photo is 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. Any 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. Small surface damage to the edge of the right hand image does not affect its view through the stereo viewer. Card shows some soiling around the edges, and some border scuffs and edge wear. Back shows some light soiling.
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