Switzerland and the Alps
Curved mount view by publishers other than Underwood






Realistic Travels. This company came late to the market. Darrah dated the company as approximately 1908 to 1916. The earlier date may well be correct, but they certainly existed into the 1920s. Run by Captain (Doctor) H.D. Girdwood, they profited enormously with a massive output of views of the First World War. Captain Girdwood may well have had some kind of semi-official role as war photographer - one view shows him in uniform, discussing photography with the Prince of Wales. Dating these required a bit of detective work but one view shows a meeting of the League of Nations - which wasn't formed until 1919. Another shows English tourists dressed in the style of the early 1920s. The views provide a welcome change, their quality from a photography and processing point of view matches or exceeds that of Underwood. Whereas Realistic Travels views of WWI are fairly easy to find, their other output is much rarer. We are pleased, therefore, to be able to offer so many of their interesting views. Although listed as curved mounts, they have only a very slight curve. The stereoscopic effect is uniformly excellent.


'Giant peaks of the Bernese Oberland and cloud-veiled valleys from the summit of Neisden'.
Condition 9.
Order #3151.
Price $12.
 


'Chalets and hayfields on high Alpine slopes, to distant mighty peaks of the Jungfrau and Silberhorn'.
Condition 9.
Order #3153.
Price $12.
 


'A street in Scheidegg, sheltered by the snow-clad foothills of the Bernese Oberland'.
Condition 9.
Order #3154.
Price $12.
 


'The source of the famous Aletsch glacier, the Bernese Oberland clad in a mantle of glistening snow'.
Condition 9.
Order #3157.
Price $12.
 


'Sunshine and shadow on the top of the Jungfrau, the beginning of the mighty Aletsch glacier'.
Condition 9.
Order #3158.
Price $12.
 


'Looking down from the top of the Aletsch glacier, lying between the snow-covered walls of the Alps'.
Condition 9.
Order #3159.
Price $12.
 


'Where Alpinists climb with wary steps, tremendous serac on icy plateau between Monch and Jungfrau'.
Condition. Slight production fault at top of left image.
Order #3160.
Price $8.
 


'A snow storm raging on the summit of the Jungfrau, seen from the safety of the railway tunnel'.
Condition 9.
Order #3161.
Price $12.
 


'Herdsman's hut of logs near the timber line beneath the glistening slopes of the Eiger'.
Condition 9.
Order #3164.
Price $12.
 


'Peaceful Alpine pastures near Grindelwald, surrounded by the eternal snows of the Wetterhorn'.
Condition 9.
Order #3165.
Price $12.
 


'From Alpglen over Swiss chalets and the Grindelwald valley to the upper glacier and the Wetterhorn'.
Condition. Slight surface marks.
Order #3166.
Price $10.
 


'Looking across the green playing fields at Interlaken to distant snow-capped peaks of the Jungfrau'.
Condition 8.
Order #3167.
Price $10.
 


'An open-air dance by youths and maidens in national costume of the Bernese Oberland at Interlaken'.
Condition 9.
Order #3168.
Price $12.
 


'The floral clock in the beautiful gardens of the Kursaal at Interlaken'.
Condition 9.
Order #3169.
Price $12.
 


'Sunset on the Lake of Thun lying deep amid the mighty Alpine mountains, Interlaken'.
Condition 9.
Order #3171.
Price $12.
 


'From Guten Hill over Berne, situated on a peninsula formed by the River Aare'.
Condition 9.
Order #3172.
Price $12.
 


'Looking through the railway bridge up the Aare River to Federal Capitol reflected in its waters, Berne'.
Condition 9.
Order #3173.
Price $12.
 


'The Market Place, Berne; the clock tower built over the old west gate is now the centre of town'.
Condition 9.
Order #3174.
Price $12.
 


'Dog and master on morning milk round near Holy Ghost Church, Berne'.
Condition 9.
Order #3176.
Price $15.
 


'Fountain and lime tree where the runner fell dead with the word Victory on his lips in 1476, Fribourg'.
Condition 9.
Order #3177.
Price $12.
 


'From St Nicholas Church over Fribourg and bridge across the Sarine River to city walls and tower'.
Condition 9.
Order #3178.
Price $12.
 


'From Mt Balanc bridge and Rosseau Island over Geneva to Grand and Petit Saleve peaks'.
Condition 9.
Order #3181.
Price $12.
 


'The portal of the League of Nations' building set amid the peaceful beauty of the lake, Geneva'.
Condition 9.
Order #3183.
Price $12.
 


'A meeting of the historic League of Nations, the President and other officials on the dias, Geneva'.
Condition 9.
Order #3184.
Price $12.
 


'Summer pastures neath glistening snows of the Mt Blanc chain and Bossons glacier, Chamonix'. Yup, I know it's in France but the bit at the top isn't.
Condition 9.
Order #3185.
Price $12.
 
 


'Cattle grazing on tableland overlooking Brieg and the Rhone Valley to Wildstrubel'.
Condition 9.
Order #3190.
Price $12.
 


'Electric cog railway from Zermatt to the Hotel Gornergrat, commanding world famous outlooks'.
Condition 9.
Order #3191.
Price $12.
 


'Where streams of the mighty Gorner glacier unite below the Gornergrat, across to summit of Mt Rosa'.
Condition 9.
Order #3192.
Price $12.
 


'The wedge-shaped Matterhorn with its pennant of clouds and eternal snowfields, from Gornergrat'.
Condition. Slight scratches.
Order #3193.
Price $8.
 


'Tourists tied together with rope attempt the ascent of a dangerous crevasse in the Rhone glacier'.
Condition 9.
Order #3194.
Price $12.
 


'Beautifully situated on the shores of the lake, delightful Lugano from the tower on Monte Salvatore'.
Condition 9.
Order #3195.
Price $12.
 


'Glory of the Swiss valleys, the chain of lakes in the Upper Engadine, enclosed by lofty mountain ranges'.
Condition 8.
Order #3196.
Price $10.
 


'Extensive vista over the lake and town of St Moritz and the Upper Engadine to Celerina and Smarden'.
Condition 9.
Order #3197.
Price $12.
 


'An inspiring outlook over the Morteratsch glacier to the snow covered peaks of Bellavista and Bernina'.
Condition 9.
Order #3198.
Price $12.
 


'A mountain torrent rushing down from the melting snows on the Bernina range. Upper Engadine'.
Condition 9.
Order #3199.
Price $12.
 


'A climbing party crossing a snowfield in a lateral moraine on the way to the Morteratsch glacier'.
Condition 9.
Order #3200.
Price $12.
 


'Floating ice on the glacier lake, 9000 ft high amid the mighty mountains of the Bernina group'.
Condition 9.
Order #3201.
Price $12.
 


'Tourists having lunch amid the huge boulders on the medial moraine of the Morteratsch glacier, Engadine'.
Condition 9.
Order #3202.
Price $12.
 


'Terror of the Alps, an avelanche coming down Mt Palu, from across the Morteratsch glacier, Engadine'.
Condition 9.
Order #3203.
Price $12.
 


'Waterfall coming down a crevasse in the melting ice of Morteratsch glacier into the glacier lake'.
Condition 9.
Order #3205.
Price $8.
 


'In the wilderness of crevassed ice on the steepest part of the Morteratsch glacier, Upper Engadine'.
Condition 9.
Order #3206.
Price $12.
 


'Tourists on the Diavolezza tour, descending medial moraine of the Morteretsch glacier to the snout'.
Condition 8.
Order #3207.
Price $8.
 


'Great terminal moraine of boulders and grounded rock at edge of melting ice of Morteretsch glacier'.
Condition 9.
Order #3208.
Price $12.
 


'Snout of the Morteratsch glacier and terminal lateral and medial moraines left by the receding ice'.
Condition 9.
Order #3209.
Price $12.
 


'Curling neath the snow-clad Alps at St Moritz, the nursery of Winter Sport in Europe'.
Condition 9.
Order #3210.
Price $12.
 


'St Mortiz, the highest village in the Engadine, in the icy grip of winter'.
Condition 9.
Order #3212.
Price $12.
 


'Wonderful panoramic view of Celerina, deep in the broad Inn valley, from St Moritz road'.
Condition 9.
Order #3213.
Price $12.
 


'In the melting moments of springtime - glorious morning reflections on Lake St Mortiz'.
Condition 9.
Order #3214.
Price $12.
 


'Looking across the yellow lake to Cambrena glacier and cloud veiled mountains from Bernina Hospice'.
Condition 9.
Order #3216.
Price $12.
 


'The caharm of the Swiss Alps: Looking up the Palu glacier over the snout and stream from Alp Grum'.
Condition. Light stain on right image.
Order #3217.
Price $8.
 


'Lakes amid lofty Alpine mountains, the watershed divides the waters flowing to Italy and Switzerland'.
Condition 9.
Order #3219.
Price $12.
 


'From summit of Alp Grum looking through the Bernina Pass and down to Italian lakes and villages'.
Condition 9.
Order #3220.
Price $12.
 


'Silvaplana situated on a delta built up by soil brought down by mountain brooks from Piz Julien'.
Condition. Surface scratches.
Order #3222.
Price $8.
 


'From pine-clad slope above Sils lake over village of Sils Maria to the Fex glacier, Upper Engadine'.
Condition 9.
Order #3223.
Price $12.
 


'Examining a choice bunch of grapes, in a vineyard on slopes above Rorschach, Lake Constance'.
Condition 9.
Order #3224.
Price $12.
 


'The madly rushing waters of the Falls of the Rhine from base of the middle island, Neuhausen'.
Condition. Slight processing creases.
Order #3225.
Price $5.
 


'Factories along the Rhine at Schatthausen, an industrial city utilizing power obtained from the falls'.
Condition 9.
Order #3226.
Price $12.
 


'Looking down the Rhine, past its many bridges, towards Alsace-Lorraine and Little Basle on the right'.
Condition. Slight production fault at top of left image.
Order #3227.
Price $8.
 


'Beautiful Zurich spread out around the Lake, from the heights of the Utliberg'.
Condition 9.
Order #3228.
Price $12.
 


'The shopping and residential centre of Zurich, the largest Swiss city, from the tower of Urania'.
Condition 9.
Order #3229.
Price $12.
 


'Churches and public buildings of Zurich, with its delightful water front and traffic on Limmat river'.
Condition. Slight processing dent.
Order #3230.
Price $12.
 


'Tell's chapel at Fuelen on the Lake of Lucerne where Tell leapt ashore and escaped from Gesseler'.
Condition 9.
Order #3231.
Price $10.
 


'English tourists visiting the statue of Tell and his son near the village fountain of Altdorf'.
Condition 9.
Order #3232.
Price $12.
 


'A peep from the tunnel of the Axenstrasse, hewn in the mountain cliffs bordering the Lake of Lucerne'.
Condition. Slight production faults.
Order #3233.
Price $8.
 


'Panoramic view of Schwyz on the Lake of the Four Cantons, to spurs of the Rigi and Uri Rothstock'.
Condition 9.
Order #3234.
Price $12.
 


'The caldrons in which the water is evaporated from milk. Nestle's condensed milk factory, Cham'.
Condition 9.
Order #3235.
Price $22.
 


'From Gutsch over Lucerne, the river, and its lovely lake to the Rigi famed for its commanding views'.
Condition 9.
Order #3236.
Price $12.
 


'Sunrise on Lake Lucerne, looking across the Gutsch hill which commands a splendid view of Lucerne'.
Condition 9.
Order #3237.
Price $10.
 


'Picturesque wooden bridge with roman tower across the Reuss river to hotel-lined lake, Lucerne'.
Condition 9.
Order #3238.
Price $12.
 


'Mountain path on a dizzy ledge of the Stanserhorn, overlooking wooded mountain spurs to snowclad Alps'.
Condition 9.
Order #3239.
Price $12.
 


'A vista of many miles over sombre valleys to the sunlit snows of Bernes Oberland, from Stanserhorn'.
Condition. Light processing lines.
Order #3240.
Price $10.
 


'Looking through arch in old city wall showing one of the ancient Roman towers, Lucerne'.
Condition 9.
Order #3243.
Price $12.
 


'A quaint old 16th-17th century house in the corn market, Lucerne'.
Condition 9.
Order #3244.
Price $12.
 



 
 

Keystone. Keystone sometimes used Underwood negs. after they bought them out. At other times they sent out photographers to make more up-to-date images.
 


'Bird's-eye view of Berne'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3246.
Price $12.
 


'Lovely Geneva, home of the League of Nations'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3247.
Price $12.
 


'The Grand Central Hall, Musee Ariana, Geneva'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3248.
Price $12.
 


'The neighbourhood of William Tell - Lofty Mount Pilatus towering above Lucerne'.
Condition 9.
Order #3250.
Price $10.
 


'Tunnels of the Axenstrasse. Overhanging Lake Lucerne'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3251.
Price $12.
 


'The Wetterhorn from Grindelwald'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3252.
Price $12.
 


'Village of Wengen'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3253.
Price $12.
 


'Mountain corridors, Gorner Gorge'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3254.
Price $12.
 


'The Jungfrau "Queen of Alpine Heights", from Wengen'. Descriptive text.
Condition. Mount is trimmed at top.
Order #3256.
Price $6.
 


'Lovely Vale of Lauterbrunnen, from Wengen'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3258.
Price $12.
 


'Ice pyramids and treacherous crevasses of Bossons Glacier, Mt Blanc from the Swiss side'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3259.
Price $12.
 


'A winter landscape, Grindelwald'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3261.
Price $8.
 


'Her favorite - Little Swiss girl on the mountains, Grindelwald'. Descriptive text.
Condition 8.
Order #3262.
Price $8.
 


'Looking towards Murren and the Breithorn from Wengen'. Descriptive text.
Condition 9.
Order #3263.
Price $10.
 
 


'Grindelwald on market day'.
Condition 7.
Order #3264.
Price $8.
 


'Montreux'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #3265.
Price $10.
 


'Lauterbrunnen Valley and the lovely Fall of the Staubbach'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #3267.
Price $6.
 


'The ever-glorious Jungfrau'.
Condition 5 (moderate marks and scratches).
Order #3268.
Price $2.
 


'In the heart of the Alpine mountains - Zermatt from the Riffelap'.
Condition 7.
Order #3269.
Price $6.
 


'Murren, the loftiest hamlet in Switzerland'.
Condition 7.
Order #3270.
Price $6.
 


'Glimpses of snowy peaks throught the framework of a forest glade - above Wengen'.
Condition 8. Trimmed on manufacture at left.
Order #3271.
Price $8.
 


'A frail parapet - Gorges du Triant near Vernayaz'.
Condition 8.
Order #3272.
Price $8.
 


'Blowing the Alpine horn, Grindelwald'.
Condition 6 (mark on right image is publisher's correction).
Order #3273.
Price $6.
 


'In the Bernese Oberland - Brienzer Rothhorn Railway'.
Condition 9.
Order #3274.
Price $12.
 


'Looking south over the Eggishorn over Rhone Valley ot Monte Leone and Fletchhorn'.
Condition 8.
Order #3275.
Price $8.



 

The Fine Art Photographers' Publishing Company. This was the UK imprint of B.L. Singley who founded Keystone. All views carry some descriptive text on the back.


'Overlooking Lauterbrunnen from Wengen'.
Condition 8 but tightly trimmed at top.
Order #3276.
Price $6.
 


'The Kapellbrucke Crossing the River Reuss, Lucerne'.
Condition 8 but roughly trimmed at top.
Order #3277.
Price $6.
 


'Blowing the Alpine horn, Grindelwald.'.
Condition 8 but roughly trimmed at top.
Order #3278.
Price $6.
 


'Overlooking Lauterbrunnen from Wengen'.
Condition 8 but roughly trimmed at top.
Order #3279.
Price $6.
 


'Village of Wengen'.
Condition 8.
Order #3280.
Price $8.
 


'To the clouds by rail - Mt Pilatus'.
Condition. Very slight dent in mount at bottom.
Order #3282.
Price $8.
 



 

Excelsior. M.E. Wright of Burnley, England. A quirky publisher who, nevertheless managed a wide circulation in the UK and the US. Purchased many of his negs fom other publishers but also produced a lot of his own views. Some of his Egypt and middle-eastern views are proved to have been taken in the studio with his family dressed in sheets and striped towels! As far as I know there are no cardboard mountains here. One other problem with his views- he was pretty mean and didn't like throwing the fixer away so much of his production is either light or faded. Well worth trying a couple for a refreshingly different slant.
 


'Shepherd and his flock, Switzerland'.
Condition 8.
Order #3284.
Price $8.
 


'The Axenstrasse, Lake Lucern'.
Condition 7.
Order #3285.
Price $6.
 


'Axenstrass Drive and Lake Lucerne'.
Condition 8.
Order #3286.
Price $8.
 


'The Swiss Express'.
Condition 8.
Order #3287.
Price $8.
 


'The great Scheideck Glacier'.
Condition. Typical lightness of a Wright view.
Order #3288.
Price $4.
 


'St Gothard Pass'.
Condition. Stains on left image.
Order #3289.
Price $3.
 


'St Gothard Pass'.
Condition. Views OK.
Order #3290.
Price $4.
 


'The Reichenbach Falls and Wetterhorn Alp'.
Condition. Views nicely.
Order #3291.
Price $5.
 


'The Mirror, Lake Zug'. This is typical of Wright. Looks nothing but is a little gem. A delight to view.
Condition. Very sharp but slight marks in sky.
Order #3292.
Price $12.
 


'Finsteraar Schlucht Meyringen'.
Condition 8.
Order #3293.
Price $8.
 


'Jungfrau from Grindelwald'.
Condition 8.
Order #3294.
Price $8.
 


'The Black Forest, Switzerland'.
Condition 8.
Order #3295.
Price $5.
 


'The Shonegg Ice Cavern, Grindenwald'.
Condition 8.
Order #3296.
Price $8.



 
 

H. C. White. Generally reckoned to be the best publisher of this period from a technical and processing point of view. Marketed as the 'Perfec-Stereograph'. The high gloss makes them difficult to scan.
 


'A street in lovely Lauterbrunnen'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #3297.
Price $12.
 


'The Axenstrasse, 300 ft. above Lake Lucerne'.
Condition 6/7 (mount bumped at sides).
Order #3298.
Price $8.
 


'The rocky summit of Mt Pilatus from a tunnel in the path to the ????'. Very classy!
Condition 7.
Order #3299.
Price $12.
 


'The cloud-capped heights above Lauterbrunnen'.
Condition 8.
Order #3300.
Price $12.
 


Other Publishers


American Stereoscopic Co. 'Great gorge of the Gorner Glacier'. High quality.
Condition 9.
Order #3301.
Price $15.
 


Universal Stereoscopic View Co. Faded out title in view. Handwritten 'Switzerland'. Nice view of village washing day. Women washing, man leaning on pump;  plus ca change.
Condition 8.
Order #3302.
Price $15.
 


Universal Stereoscopic View Co. 'Swiss - Berne'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #3303.
Price $15.
 

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To Underwood views of mountains and climbers
 

To Underwood views of cities, towns and people
 

To Underwood boxed set
 

To views by Braun, Tairraz, Savioz, Charnaux, Gabler and Lamy
 

To various flat mount views.
 

To early views and views by Stephen Thompson and B.W. Kilburn
 

To views by William England for the Alpine Club
 

To views by William England of Switzerland, Italy and Savoy, and Rhine views
 

To glass views
 
 

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