Antique Griffith & Griffith Stereoview "Washington, D. C. - Library of Congress, Across Main Gallery" # 894 William H. Rau, Photographer


This antique stereoview shows an interior view of the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C.. The image is captioned: "894 Washington, D. C. - Library of Congress - Across Main Gallery". Ironically the Library of Congress now houses a huge catalog of stereoviews. Card distributed by Griffith & Griffith for the photographer William H. Rau.

George W. Griffith was a major stereoscopic publisher who began his career as a canvasser for Underwood and Underwood. Forming his own company he became the publisher and distributor of views by photographers William H. Rau, H. L. Roberts,and M. H. Zahner of Niagara Falls. Eventually he had over 10,000 negatives of views all over the United States and other parts of the world.

William H. Raw was a Philadelphia stereo card publisher and photographer from a family of notable photographers.

Stereoviews were once produced in large quantities, a form of 3D entertainment and a way for people to see exotic or interesting locales far from home using a stereoscopic viewer - like the stereoscope. They are two nearly identical views photographed from a single stereoscope camera with two lens.

CONDITION: Excellent

SIZE: 7 inches x 3 1/2 inches.

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