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Double Vision: Stereoviews of Peabody and George Peabody

To people of the Victorian Era seeing something in 3D was as exciting to them as it is us. The stereoview was popular during the second half of the 18th century. Special cameras had two lenses that were spaced about two-and-a-half inches apart. Looking through a special viewfinder two images would appear as one with the perception of depth. Instead of sending a postcard people would bring home stereoviews, which allowed people to think they were there. Peabody was no exception to this trend.  Stereoviews were made up of important people and local landmarks, including the library. The images here demonstrate the wonder and thrill of early 3D technology.


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Erik R. Bauer, archivist