This seems to be an artistic rendering of a naval battle during the Spanish-American War. It is titled "The Hottest of the Fight, Battle of Manila, May 1st, 1898". The card is copyright 1899.
This is a B. W. Kilburn stereoscopic cards from Littleton, N. H. where the business was located. Benjamin W. Kilburn, along with his brother Edward, were photographers and at the time one of the largest producers of important stereoviews. This card also has the name of James M. Davis, a photographer and salesman on it. Davis joined the company in 1890. In 1909 the company ceased operations and the negatives were sold to the Keystone View Company.
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: Good with the usual bumping, etc. Slightly grubby looking, with some staining on the back.
SIZE: 7 inches x 3 1/2 inches.
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