Stereograph, "Morehouse's Comet," 1908

Summary

Americans loved stereographs -- millions were made from the mid-1800s through the 1930s. A stereograph consists of two offset photos that appear to have three-dimensional depth when viewed through a stereoscope. These images entertained and educated. Stereographs could transport viewers to distant events, exotic places, and even worlds beyond, like this image of a comet first seen in 1908 and named for astronomer Daniel Morehouse.

Americans loved stereographs -- millions were made from the mid-1800s through the 1930s. A stereograph consists of two offset photos that appear to have three-dimensional depth when viewed through a stereoscope. These images entertained and educated. Stereographs could transport viewers to distant events, exotic places, and even worlds beyond, like this image of a comet first seen in 1908 and named for astronomer Daniel Morehouse.

Artifact

Stereograph

Subject Date

16 November 1908

Creators

Yerkes Observatory 

Keystone View Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Wisconsin, Williams Bay 

Creator Notes

Made by the Keystone View Company. Photograph taken at the Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

92.0.173.11

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 7 in

Inscriptions

front, left side: Keystone View Company / Manufacturers / COPYRIGHTED / MADE IN U.S.A. / Publishers front, top: 600 front, right side: Meadville, Pa., New York, N.Y., Portland, Oregon, London, Eng., Sydney, Aus. front, bottom: 16645--Morehouse's Comet. Photographed at Yerkes Observatory.

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