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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cities and sites glass stereograph collection
    Date (inclusive): 1854-circa 1880
    Number: ZSG2
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 223 stereographs
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Open, growing collection of glass stereographs, depicting sites and peoples from around the world.
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    Language: Collection material is in French with some English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Assembled by repository.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Cities and sites glass stereograph collection, 1854-circa 1880, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. ZSG2


    Collection assembled by repository beginning in 1997.

    Processing Information

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This is an open, growing collection of glass stereographs, depicting sites and peoples from around the world. A number of stereographs include the firm name "Ferrier f.f. A. Soulier J. Levy Sr.," "Ferrier père fils et Soulier," or "Ferrier pf. & Soulier, Lèon & Levy succre." Other photographers represented include Platt D. Babbitt, Charles Breese, Brevetè, Francis Frith, Grillet, and Frederick Langenheim.
    Stereographs are two almost identical images mounted together, which appear as a single three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope. Invented in 1838, the stereograph was introduced to the public at the International Exhibition of 1851, London. Although more expensive than paper stereographs, glass stereographs were prized for their clarity and quality of detail. They were introduced into the United States in 1854 by the Langenheim Brothers and were popular there until Civil War shortages caused decreased production. Glass stereographs continued to be produced in Europe throughout the 19th century.
    Also included are two glass lantern slides.
    Images are titled in the negative, except where noted.


    Arranged in two series: ; .Series I. Geographical Series II. Miscellaneous and unidentified

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Places

    Spain -- Description and travel
    Switzerland -- Description and travel
    Middle East -- Description and travel
    Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) -- Description and travel
    Belgium -- Description and travel
    India -- Description and travel
    Syria -- Description and travel
    Egypt -- Description and travel
    France -- Description and travel
    Algeria -- Description and travel
    Asia -- Description and travel
    Greece -- Description and travel
    Italy -- Description and travel
    Germany -- Description and travel
    Great Britain -- Description and travel
    Paris (France) -- History -- Commune, 1871
    United States -- Description and travel
    Turkey -- Description and travel
    Madagascar -- Description and travel
    Israel -- Description and travel
    Indonesia -- Description and travel
    Norway -- Description and travel
    Portugal -- Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Gelatin silver prints
    Stereographs -- 19th century
    Albumen prints -- 19th century
    Lantern slides


    Babbitt, Platt D.
    Getty Research Institute
    Frith, Francis
    Langenheim, Frederick
    Léon & Levy (Firm)
    Breese, Charles