Travelling Photographers

Ricalton Stereoscope

Look carefully at the pair of images. They are in negative. If you turn them into a positive image you can see that this photograph that I have found in the Smithsonian archives was taken in 1908.
Can you locate the building and the city?
What were these pairs of photographs known as and how were they viewed?
I will be looking forward to you answers.
Kind Regards,
Dr Mackey at the Smithsonian

18 thoughts on “Travelling Photographers

  1. Hello Dr Mackey,
    Our answer to the first question is that it is the Old Parliament House and it is titled the Horse and Carriage Outside of Parliament House 1908. It is a stereograph photo from Keast Burke from the collection on history.
    Stereograph cards are viewed through a 3D stereo scope and they are the result of a technique that renders photos in 3-dimentional depth. A pair of identica images combined into a single 3-D scene.

    1. Hi Girls , Yes it is certainly Old Parliament House . That artist also made similar images but this one is by James Ricalton , who was from America.

      You are correct, stereoscopic images are designed to be viewed through a special viewer that combines the images into a 3d experience. Keep up the great work. Regards Dr M

  2. Hello Dr Mackey!
    We believe that the image is Old Parliament House in Brisbane Queensland.
    They are known as a stereograph card. They consist of 2 nearly identical photos put together to give the illusion of a 3 dimensional image or photo. They are viewed through a stereoscope which is a device viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images.
    Thank you Dr Mackey we have really enjoyed this we hope for more!

    1. Hi Ladies …. yes the image is of Old Parliament House in Brisbane and you are correct , the image is a stereoscopic pair . The images vary approximately 12 degrees and when viewed through the stereoscope it creates one 3d image. Looking forward to your next answers, Regards Dr M

  3. Dear Dr Kathy Mackey
    Q1.The answer to question one I think is the Parliament House and the city that in Brisbane.
    Q2. This picture is a stereograph and they are two nearly identical photos they are also viewed through a stereoscope.
    This week’s challenge was fun looking forward to next week’s challenge

    1. Dear Lochy
      The image is certainly Parliament House in Brisbane.
      Stereoscopic images vary by about 12degress and when viewed through the stereoscope blend together in one 3D image. Looking forward to the answers to my next challenge.
      Regards Dr M

  4. Dear Dr Mackey,
    For Q1 I think it is the Old Parliament House in Brisbane. It is a stereograph photo from Keast Burke collection on History of photography.
    For Q2 I think that the picture is a stereograph. A stereograph is a two nearly identical pictures. A stereoscope was used to view the picture.

    1. Dear Matthew,
      You are correct – it is the Old Parliament House in Brisbane. It is a stereograph photo by James RIcalton, but there are some similar ones in the Keast Burke collection .
      Stereographs very by about 12 degrees and when viewed through the stereoscopic viewer appeared to create one 3D image. keep up the great work, Regards Dr M

  5. Dear Dr Kathy Mackey
    the answer to question 1 is ; old parliament house located in Brisbane,
    the answer to question 2 is a stereograph and this can be viewed with a stereoscope

    1. Dear Gilbert,
      You are correct , the image is of Old Parliament House in Brisbane.
      Stereographic pairs are viewed with a stereoscope and create one 3D image. Looking forward to your answers to my next challenge , Regards Dr M

  6. Dear Dr Mackey,

    Greer and I think the building in the photo is Brisbane’s Old Parliament House. We think the style is stereograph cards.

    Here is some other information we found…

    Stereographs consist of two nearly identical photographs or photomechanical prints, paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image, usually when viewed through a stereoscope. Typically, the images are on card mounts, but they may take the form of daguerreotypes, glass negatives, or other processes. Stereographs were first made in the 1850s and are still made today. They were most popular between 1870 and 1920.

    Thank you for reading our response,
    from Greer and Zara.

    1. Dear Greer and Zara, Well done on your research. The image is of Old Parliament House in Brisbane.

      Stereographs vary by 12 degrees and when viewed through a stereoscope they “blur” together in our minds eye to create 3D effect .
      Keep up the great work, Regards Dr M.

  7. Hi Dr Mackey,

    I believe that this is the old parliament house building in Brisbane.

    This is called a stereograph picture which consists of two nearly identical photographs, paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image, usually when viewed through a stereoscope.

    A stereoscope is a device for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images, depicting left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene, as a single three-dimensional image.

    from:
    Mattea

    1. Hi Mattea,

      Yes you are correct, the image is of Old Parliament House in Brisbane.

      It is a stereograph picture which consists of two images that vary by 12 degrees and create a 3D effect when viewed through a stereoscope. Keep up the great research , Regards Dr M

  8. Hello Dr Mackey,

    I believe that the photograph is a photo of old parliament house in Queensland Brisbane city, and they are known as stereograph card. They are identical photos put together to make and give a 3 dimensional image and those are viewed through a stereoscope.

    Thank you for the questions this week, they were very fun and I enjoyed them a lot.

    1. Hi Jorja ,
      Yes this image is a stereograph of Old Parliament House in Brisbane . The photos vary just by 12 degrees and when viewed through the stereoscope, convey the sensation of one 3D image .
      Well done,
      Regards Dr M

  9. Dear Dr Mackey,
    We are not quite sure if our last answer sent, so here are some brief answers.
    Our answer to the first question Is that this is the Old Parliament House and it can be located in Brisbane.
    Our answer to the second question is that they are known as stereograph photo cards which are identical pictures that are next to each other. They are viewed through a stereo scope in 3-D scenes.

  10. Dear Lou Lou & Chloe,

    Yes you are correct , it is Old Parliament House in Brisbane.
    Stereographs are actually different by just 12 degrees and when viewed next to each other through a special viewer they appear to merge together to create 3D effect . Keep up the great work, Regards Dr M

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