History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

04 February, 2013

Stereographs of Love

Another romance-themed post, this time through the eyes (or stereoviewer) of the Edwardians. Like the postcards, these stereographs are highly posed, though even more sentimental. Some are rather cute and a couple are even quite risque for the time (though still far from the outright sexuality of these 1920s stereographs). Unfortunately these reproductions from the Library of Congress only show half of the stereograph, losing the effect. Nor are they the best quality, being fairly old, black and white copy negatives. Still, pretty fun!

Mostly published 1906, unless otherwise noted. 


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"Sovereigns of love's domain." Source



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"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not." Source



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"By the old tree." Source




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This one is called "When Love is Young", though I don't really see young love in this picture. Source



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"It's your move." Source



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"A fishing smack" c. 1899. Source



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" 'Catch me Tom!' " Source



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"Attending to her knitting." Source



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"Country Love" c. 1897. Source



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"A maiden's dream -- How sweet is that." Source



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"At the hour of midnight." Source



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"Just waiting for the buttermilk." Source



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"A glance through the news." Ha. Ha. Ha. Source



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"Translating a love letter from a Boston girl-- 'Now does that mean yes or no?'" Source



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"Chinning, not churning." Source



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"The man behind." Naughty! Source



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"Slow! Well I'll beat you yet!" The classic race to get undressed. Source


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"Carving their names for memory's sake." Source



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"Will the butter ever come?" Oh dear. Source



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"Just a bye-bye kiss. I'll be late for Choir Service." Source



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"Love holds the reins." Source



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"Guess who!" Apparently people were doing this a hundred years ago. Source



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Separation. Source



1 comment:

Ana said...

I can't put my finger on it, but there's something about the first one that I find very sweet c: .

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