Multnomah Falls (1903)

Multnomah Falls stereograph

Holmes stereoscope
Holmes stereoscopes were popular family pastimes. (Wikimedia)
This 1903 stereograph card view shows a person admiring Multnomah Falls. Stereographs are viewed on a stereoscope, which displays slightly offset left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene, thus creating the appearance of a single three-dimensional image. The affordable stereoscopes and stereograph cards were a very popular part of the culture in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many people were avid stereograph card collectors and stereoscope shows were often a centerpiece of family and social gatherings.

An animated GIF 3-D stereoscopic simulator is available on the New York Public Library website.

Image source: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. Multnomah Falls, Columbia River, Oregon. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-9c84-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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