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Repost: Ghostly Photos from the Victorian Era

Photo Credit: Davepape, public domain.

Photo Credit: Davepape, public domain.

God, I love the Victorians and their nifty do-dads.

CNN posted these awesome, Halloween-inspired stereo card images that were created by the London Stereoscopic Company in 1864.  For those unfamiliar with the technology, a stereo card featured two almost identical images on the same card, with a few differences. You use a stereoscope, a special pair of glasses, to view the cards (see left).

The Holmes Stereoscope was the most popular form of these types of glasses and I still see these now and again at antique malls. (Side note: old does not necessarily mean valuable.)

When you viewed the card through the stereoscope, the differences in the images created a 3D-like effect.

Yeah, because the Victorians invented 3D.

I maintain that Victorian Era technology is awesome.
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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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