8.5 x 17 Autochromes

Introduced shortly after the turn of the century, the Autochrome process introduced practical color photography, and remained dominant in the field until the advent of Kodachrome. Although popular for the better part of 30 years, autochrome stereo images are not common. Color rendition was different from what we expect today. I would describe the effect as vintage pastel. To what extent the colors have changed with time, I do not know. I've tried to reproduce the colors as best I can. At least on my monitor, I would consider them fairly accurate, although flesh tones have come out a little gray.

This is the same parlor shown in one of the 6 x 13 slides.

Stereo Cards

With several examples of the same image produced on glass and stereo card, one might speculate the cards were produced to make viewing easier. The 8.5 x 17 format is particularly well suited to for contact printing of images for cards. Because its a contact print, image detail in the prints is excellent.

Here we have the parlor again. This time, our subject is busy with her needle work. The stereoscope has moved over to the far right side of the table.

Until the advent of color print technology, hand tinting was a means of providing a color effect. Notice the tree, bridge ironwork and ground under the bridge remain in black and white.

Were square rigged ships still in service after the turn of the century?


Stereo Cameras

Old Stereo Photos


Stereo Projectors

New Stereo Photos