In the mid 1800's, when this creative method of viewing images came to be, it was quite revolutionary! Way before movies, and photographs were a complex affair, stereoviews became souvenirs of travels and special events.
Most were pictures that had been taken then mounted, transferred to a card or sorts, in duplicate, side by side, and then inserted into a frame at the end of a viewer, or known as a stereoscope. Tissue views are another type of stereo card which are hard to find, due to their delicate composition. Photographic images were printed on very thin paper, known as tissue paper. These images were then backed with another thin piece of paper that could be tinted, by hand, in colors. When viewing the images in a normally lit setting they look 'black and white'. When viewed thru a strong light source behind the view the colors came thru, vibrantly and so interesting. Depending on the strength of the light, different hues will be seen. Some were pricked or pierced to create the effect of lighted candles or lamps, lights in buildings, the moon, stars, etc. Imagine the delight when held up to the light! (I was TOTALLY DELIGHTED to realize this!)
Many years' ago I went to the Paris Flea Market, the most wonderful spot on the face of the earth (!) and found several of these tissue views. I've not seen any since and there is not a lot of information about these stereo tissue views.
This particular stereo view is of religious nature, being the image of Jesus bringing the cross. In French this card has at the bottom 'Gesu Porta La Croce' which translates to Jesus Brings The Cross. Along each side is LA BIBLE ILLUSTREE E. H. EDITEUR PARIS. There are some notes on the back of the card and measures 3 3/8" x 6 3/4".
This stereoptic is in good condition when one consider it's age and fragility. The front of the card looks to have had a bar of paper added to it with the title, at the bottom, and might have been left blank for different biblical pictures. The back of the card is in really nice condition with the exception that there is a 'snag' where the paper tore thru the first layer, not completely thru, and doesn't effect the image when viewed.
This is one amazing stereo card and extremely rare!
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