Circa 1920 vintage GLOSSY FINISH real photo stereo view of the Arab Room reception hall and ballroom in The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) in Porto, Portugal (incorrectly translated to English as "Oporto" in the caption and text on this stereo-view).
The palace was built in the 19th century by the city's Commercial Association in Neoclassical style. It is located in the Infante D. Henrique Square in the historical centre of Porto. The Arab Room, shown in this stereo-view, built between 1862 and 1880 by Gonçalves e Sousa, is the highlight of the Palace. The room is decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style fashionable in the 19th century, and is used as reception hall for personalities and heads of state visiting Porto.
Porto lies in the center of the region where the world famous Portuguese fortified "Port" wine is produced, and to which Porto lends its name. It is now the second largest city in Portugal, and at the time this stereo-view was produced, its population was already over 200,000.
Curve-mounted view negative #V27603T published by Keystone View Company of Meadville PA; New York City; Chicago; and London. Undated copyrighted by the original publisher-photographer – Underwood & Underwood, Inc.
Established in 1882, Underwood was at one time the largest publisher of stereo-views in the world, producing 10 million views a year. Altogether Underwood & Underwood produced between 30 000 and 40 000 stereographic titles. Around 1900 Underwood & Underwood introduced boxed sets, with specific themes such as education and religion, and travel sets depicting popular tourist areas of the world. This was probably one of the views from an Underwood boxed travel set. In 1920 Underwood discontinued stereograph production and it sold its stereographic stock and rights to the Keystone View Company. The copyrighted Underwood negatives were issued by Keystone with a "V" prefix. Text on the back is copyrighted by Keystone.
3-D EFFECT: The 3-D effect on the ballroom, particularly the columns in the foreground supporting the balcony is exceptional.
PHOTO NOTE: The ACTUAL images are albumen (sepia toned) real photos WITH A GLOSSY FINISH. The BRIGHT AREA AT THE TOP Of both photos IS A REFLECTION of the photo flash on the glossy finish. Both photos are clean, crisp, sharp and in good condition - and the actual images are MUCH sharper through a stereo viewer than they appear in the scanned and photo images. Small age-related surface scratches and wear marks that are almost completely imperceptible in the viewer, are accentuated by the photographing process.
CONDITION NOTE: Card is in very fine condition with no tears or creases, or damage to the photos. Slight scuffing damage to four words in the text on the back. Item ID: 45-0473A
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