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About the Stereograph Cards
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Stereographs consist of two nearly identical photographs or photomechanical prints, paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image, usually when viewed through a stereoscope. The Prints & Photographs Division's holdings include images produced from the 1850s to the 1940s, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1870 and 1920. The online images feature cities and towns around the world, expeditions and expositions, industries, disasters, and portraits of Native Americans, presidents, and celebrities.
A growing proportion of the more than 50,000 stereograph cards in the Prints & Photographs Division's holdings have been digitized and described individually. (Records describing groups of stereographs from the organized collection can be searched in the in the Groups of Images category. Images made as stereo views are also found in some other online collections, including the Civil War Photographs, the Lawrence & Houseworth Collection, and the G. Eric and Edith Matson Collection.)