November 11, 2018 will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One. This date became known as Armistice Day (now celebrated as Veterans Day) commemorating the end of WW I on the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, and on the eleventh month! In France, Armistice Day is a day of respect as the armistice was signed between the Allied Forces and Germany at Compiegne in northern France.
In my never ending search for the beautiful and the unusual, sometimes there are opportunities to find the rare and the historical. In the last century in a quaint antique shop in the hillsides of Northern California I came across two old and very dusty boxes partially hidden under a shelf. I asked the elderly gent if I could open the boxes and he said of course, but admitted he wasn’t able to tell me much about the contents. I soon realized these were old glass slides and held them to the light for a better look. I decided to purchase the two boxes as I was fascinated with the slides and I intended to research what appeared to be war scenes. In fact, these boxes contained a total of 43 5-1/8 inch X 2-3/8 inch original World War One Glass Stereo Slides by the famous French Firm R. Guilleminot & Cie. produced during the first World War. The slides are in very nice condition with the original boxes in very worn condition. The slide depictions are graphic scenes of battle, the bombing of Paris, the Allied Forces battle fatigued trench life, medical, and various scenes of the destruction.
These boxed sets of WW 1 Stereo Slides are becoming more difficult to find as the composition is glass and breakage was common. R. Guilleminot & Cie was founded in Paris, France in 1858 by Gustave Guilleminot (1830-1895) at 22 rue de Chateaudun, Paris and continued business until 1994. They were one of the leading manufacturers of photographic papers and supplies in France.