Stereo view cards often tell stories, with this one being so very interesting! It is one highly collectible, hard to find stereo view of a tombstone that told quite a story, and was one of the most visited tourist sites in Brooklyn, New York in the mid 1800s. This stereo view dates to before 1873, when they measured 3 1/2" by 7" and were mounted on yellow, orange, green, pink or lilac. The mount for this card is carmel color and the measurement is just a 1/16" off on each dimension.
In 1845 Charlotte Canda was 17 years old when she was thrown from her horse drawn buggy. The horses pulling the buggy bolted at the sound of lightning.
Charlotte was the daughter of Charles Canda, a Frenchman who had served as an officer in Napoleon's Army and later emigrated to America. Her lover committed suicide one year later and was quite a scandal .... (heartbroken over the loss of his love, or because he was involved with a married woman, bringing disgrace to his family .....?)
The years have not been kind to the Canda Memorial, with an estimate to restore it being approximately $150,000. Weather, atmospheric pollution and age have all but destroyed this richly carved Gothic Revival beauty. The cemetery is looking for contributors to help toward restoring the historic Green-Wood cemetery, which has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The most interesting fact with this card is how the actual tombstone looked at least 140 years' ago, and how deteriorated the actual condition is today.
Pictures of the monument can be found on internet, however I don't have permission to copy them. It is absolutely breathtaking!
Given the age of this stereoview, it is in overall great condition. The front is clear and sharp with a little wear around the edges. The back of the card has some stains and is light brown from age.
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