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19th Century Stereoscope and Stereoscopic Slides Exhibit

In the mid-nineteenth century, when modes of entertainment were limited, novel pleasures like the stereoscope were a welcome diversion. Photography was still relatively new and exciting, and had quickly become accessible to the middle class. At a time when travel was limited for most, stereoscopic slides had the ability to bring the far corners of the world into everyone’s parlor. Currently on display in the Main Library's Main Street entrance glass case. The exhibit is prepared by our Special Collections staff member Conni Manoli.

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Top: Concord Free Public Library lobby, 1870s

Below: Approach to North Bridge, 1875