16 December 2020

Éditions S.T.L. and The Great War

Category: Stereoviews   Tags: Éditions S.T.L. / WWI
Éditions S.T.L. and The Great War - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

Éditions S.T.L. was one of the most prolific producers of glass and paper stereoviews with images of the First World War but not much is known about the company.

Éditions S.T.L. was located in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris. The company published photos, postcards and stereoviews, including erotic stereoviews. The company had a long history because after the Second World War it was still in business and published eight sets with postcards about the liberation of Paris. The sets were bilingual, in French and English, so they could be sold as souvenirs to allied soldiers.

Éditions S.T.L.  - Liberation of Paris
Set of postcards about the liberation of Paris
Éditions S.T.L.  - Liberation of Paris

The stereoviews of the First World War were available in the glass formats 45x107mm and 6x13cm, as well as paper stereocards. Both the glass slides and stereocards contain a number, a description and often the abbreviation S.T.L.

The glass stereoviews of the company are more rare than the slides of the other major publishers like Brentano's and La Stéréoscopie Universelle. In my collection of 800 slides, only 9 are published by Éditions S.T.L. On eBay I found a set of 98 images with many images from this publisher, including two original cardboard boxes. A welcome addition to my collection.

Éditions S.T.L. stereoviews

Cardboard box
Cardboard box for 45 x 107mm slides
The cardboard box contains the text: Exact printing in size and relief of the subjects represented and also a warning:

Never put your fingers on the gelatin side of the positives on glass: they will leave indelible marks there. To avoid this inconvenience, always take the views by the edge. Preferably store them in boxes.

Éditions S.T.L. and The Great War
753 - Transport d'un homme intoxiqué
45x107 glass stereoview by Éditions S.T.L.
Stereoview
Éditions S.T.L. and The Great War
671 - Prisonniers portant leurs blessés
45x107 glass stereoview by Éditions S.T.L.
Stereoview

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