I'm currently away for Thanksgiving. All orders received through this week and next will be shipped on Dec 2. Two fascinating stereo cards from Universaral Photo Art Company featuring President McKinley - taken just one year apart. The first shows San Francisco, Market St. and the Palace Hotel, at the time of the president's visit in 1901. The next card is a sad occasion: President McKinley's tomb, photographed by C. H. Graves in 1902. The visit in San Francisco was part of a post-inauguration tour undertaken after McKinley won his second term by a landslide. At the culmination of the tour, in New York at the New York Exposition McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist. Sadly for McKinley, shot in the belly twice, the surgeons never found the second bullet and McKinley had a slow death by gangrene. Ironically one of the first x-ray machines was being exhibited at the New York Exposition. It was not used on the president.
Both of these photos are copyrighted by C. H. Graves himself. These are rarer.
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: The tomb card is in good to fair condition with some chipping, wear, and a scratch between the two images, but the photo remains crisp. However the San Francisco card, the older card, has some fading as well as extensive staining and discoloration to the right hand side. There is mold damage. Please view photos.
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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