I recently found a collection of French photo magazines from the 1920s and 1930s on eBay. I thought it would be fun to see how people experienced photography at the time. The collection contains two editions of La Photo Pour Tous. This magazine was published by Henri Plait of Photo-Plait.
A collection of 17 letters with correspondence between Jules Richard's company and a retailer. They provide an interesting insight into the trade of stereoscopy devices at the beginning of the 20th century.
Ernemann was a renowned German manufacturer of photographic and film cameras from Dresden. During the company's lifecycle it produced a wide range of high-end cameras and accessories.
The Carte de Visite, abbreviated CdV, was a type of small photograph which was patented in 1854 by the French photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri. It was usually made of an albumen print, which was a thin paper photograph that was mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of the photo was usually around 6 x 9cm and they could be produced inexpensively.
Jules Richard was a French industrialist who had a great influence on the popularity of stereo photography at the beginning of the 20th century. He introduced two new image formats and launched a wide range of stereo cameras, stereoscopes and accessories.
The First World War was the first major conflict where photography played an important role. Germany recognised its potential and used photographs for propaganda from 1914. The images were used to influence the public opinion in neutral countries. France realized that it could not stay behind and decided to set up its own photography unit to oppose German propaganda.
Stereoscopy is a technique to create the illusion of depth when viewing stereoscopic images. Today we call it 3D, but the technique is more than 175 years old.