Photographic images and stereoviews in particular have, for many years, languished unloved in the drawer marked 'clutter' or 'junk' or up in the attic in a never-opened trunk of our grandparents' possessions. A few dedicated collectors have kept interest alive in these near-forgotten images.
In the past few years all this has changed. Many more people are realizing that there is a wealth of social and historical interest and importance stored here. Prices, especially of early photographic images, have soared, and new material coming onto the market is fetching prices unthought of only a couple of years ago.
We have been selling stereoviews, mainly through Ebay, for the past twelve years. The idea of setting up a site to display and sell our stock has, like those old views, been pushed to the back of the drawer a number of times. We felt that there was a place for someone selling a wide range of views in all conditions and see our site much like a 'table-top' convention of the type held regularly in the US.
The purpose of this site is twofold: First to present a comprehensive overview of the art of the stereographer, and second to present as wide a view of the world as possible in stereoscopic images. We have therefore included some amateur views and, where no other view is available, may use the odd damaged or faded view until a better version comes along. All our stock is drawn from the UK and Europe and therefore we hope some of it will be of a type not usually seen in the US. We are particularly pleased to be able to offer a large number of early views from the 1860s including examples by Francis Bedford.
We will try to maintain an up-to-date site with all items on view for sale. We thought about how to display views with the minimum of downloading time and toyed with the idea of using thumbnails linked to larger images. In the end we used this method only for glass views and decided that this is the best way. Our apologies for any waiting time for images to download; if you use the site a lot we can send you a disc of the site which, although it will become out of date, will bring up all the images instantly without the need to be online.
Large images can be sent by quoting the order # and emailing email@example.com.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the following authors for their superbly knowlegeable and thoroughly researched works on the subject. Their books are a must for the serious collector of stereoviews:
Stereoviews. An Illustrated History and Price Guide by John Waldsmith, published by Krause Publications, 700 E. State Street, Iola, WI. USA.
World of Stereographs by William C. Darrah, published by Land Yacht
Press, Nashville USA.
please let us know if you are searching for any particular views and we
will do our best to find them for you.
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