22 May 2020

Glass plate negatives from The Great War

Stereoviews of the mobilisation in Nevers, France

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: WWI
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I found 21 glass plate negatives with stereo images of the First World War. The slides provide an interesting insight into the mobilisation of the French army during the first weeks of the conflict.

8 April 2020

Ypres in Ruins

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: WWI
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Belgium was occupied by the German army during the First World War. Only a small part of southwest Flanders remained Belgian territory and was defended by the Allied armies. The city of Ypres was close to the frontline and was surrounded by German troops. The city remained in Allied hands during the war, but the Ypres Sailant became the scene of four major battles.

6 March 2020

Gott strafe England

The story behind the stereoview

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: Autochrome / WWI
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This stereoview shows a group of German prisoners of war guarded by French soldiers on horses. They're walking past a house with the text Gott strafe England! 1914/15. The photo was taken in the village of Bucy-le-Long in Northern France.

24 February 2020

Autochromes from The Great War

The First World War in Color

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: Autochrome / WWI
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The vast majority of images from the First World War are black and white photos, but original images in color exist. They were made by using the autochrome process developed by the French Lumière brothers.

14 February 2020

Erotic Photos from La Belle Époque

Jules Richard's Atrium Collection

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: Jules Richard
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Erotic photography is almost as old as photography itself. Stereoscopic images of nude females were made by photographers like Auguste Belloc and Félix-Jacques Moulin in the 1850s. Erotic images became widely available in the beginning of the 20th century.

25 January 2020

The Great War by Louis Provot

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A rare wooden box with a hundred 45x107 glass stereoviews with images of the First World War and a basic handheld stereoscope.

15 January 2020

The Verdun Battlefield ∽ Past to Present

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: LSU / SDV / Verdun / WWI

My photo project about the First World War started in Verdun in 2009. Nine years later I started collecting stereoviews of the war. This created a nice interaction between these two passions. I’m now searching for stereoviews with images of locations that I've photographed during my photo project, but I also started taking new photos of locations that I recognised from stereoviews.

15 December 2019

Photographers of the French Army

The story of La Section Photographique de l’Armée

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: Autochrome / LSU / SPA / WWI
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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.

29 November 2019

A brief introduction to Stereoscopy

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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.

19 October 2019

The Photographer of Fort Tavannes

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: LSU / SPA / Verdun / WWI
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Most French stereoviews with images of the First World War contain a short description which is printed on the slide. In best case, it describes the place, subject and a year. However, most descriptions are brief and sometimes even incorrect. This makes it difficult to find out more about the story behind the image.