Two terrific stereoviews from The Universal Photo Art Co. run by C. H. Graves. One of them is of the Library of the Vatican, or the Vatican Library, Rome. The other is of the Water Palace at the 1900 Paris Exposition. This one is copyright 1900 by William H. Rau, and the card itself has the name "F. A. Messerschmidt" who was a general agent for Universal.
Universal Photo Art Company was founded by photographer Carlton Harlow Graves. He began operating around 1880, and originally all the photos were his, but then he acquired more as the company became more popular. He operated until 1910 when the negatives were acquired by Underwood & Underwood.
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: Both cards are in a similar condition with some fading, staining, bumping, etc. The Paris card was used to draw on by a child on the back.
SIZE: 7 inches x 3 1/2 inches.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fragility of these cards, and their curvature, they must be shipped in boxes - shipping prices reflect that. Any shipping costs in excess with multiple card orders will be refunded.
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