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Christian StereoviewsPublishing Notes
Updated 23 SEP 2014
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The stereoview card shown above is a selected sample showing the members of New Hampshire's Alton Bay Christian Conference Center. It dates to the late 1800's, and the camp is still there today in 2014.
My main focus is stereoview cards (or stereographs) showing the history of American evangelism: traveling tent evangelists, camp meetings, and various other early Christian gatherings. Unlike the limitations of traditional photography, with stereoscopy the cards permitted these events to be documented in their full 3D splendor. They were typically viewed in a stereoscope, the darling of the 19th century well-to-do.
The most sought after (and valued) are those view cards in which the imagery was captured by independent stereo photographers. These could be produced in very small numbers for groups, or in some instances be a one of a kind view. This would not have been an inexpensive hobby for an amateur photographer of the day. Stereo photography was imaging science and technology at its highest form. This was the new frontier.
The collection also consists of various antique stereoscopes, with manufacturing dates ranging from the 1860's through the latter half of the 20th century. They run from beautiful wooden stereoscopes imported in to the USA from France, to the various View Master models, to molded plastic kids viewers. All with the theme of the life of Jesus Christ.
My latest project is to scan, hand-restore and convert these into digital 3DHD files for large-screen HD televisions ... where the people and places of American Christianity's heritage really come to life for the viewer. My current activity is working with a Fuji Real 3D V3 autostereoscopic digital 3D photo frame.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdelene
Domenico Mastroianni, 1910
-- Frank DeFreitas