Key Collecting Areas: Collecting Amos Bronson Alcott

 51.  T. Lewis (Cambridgeport, Mass.).  Photographic portrait of Bronson Alcott in Orchard House study, [187-].

Amos Bronson Alcott

Stereographic image.  Original card stereograph from CFPL Photofile.  Source undetermined.

The original of this photograph of Bronson Alcott in his study comes from a card stereograph dating from the 1870s.  

Card stereographs (also known as stereo cards, stereotypes, or stereoviews) consist of paired photographs of the same image side-by-side on a card backing.  (Images in this format were also produced on glass.)  Viewed through a stereoscope, the two images appear as a single three-dimensional image.  Stereo cards were mass-produced and eagerly collected in the nineteenth century, serving as a form of home entertainment and self-education.  A number of repositories have extensive stereograph holdings, the Concord Free Public Library included.


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