Great scenes on these two early Keystone stereoviews. The first one, numbered 2375 is titled "The 'New' Woman" and shows a man forced into the drudgery normally associated with the 'little woman' while the wife, dressed in cycling bloomers, reading a magazine while relaxing, with her bicycle in the doorway. This stereo card is awesome on so many levels, as it deals with the suffragette movement and feminism, the fears of women taking over the manly roles while men get feminized, and vintage cycling! At this period cycling was all the rage. Great social commentary piece.
The next card is just awesome on a different level. It is numbered 9651 and titled "and Nicodemus was Fed by the Wayside" and depicts a man milking a cow by a picket fence, and squirting milk into the mouth of a happy hungry cat! Both views are copyright B. L. Singley 1899.
Keystone View Company was founded by B. L. Singley, who had once been a salesman for Underwood & Underwood, and trained with (or was inspired by) Jame Davis of B. W. Kilburn. He started his own company in 1892 in Meadeville, Pennsylvania. By using very aggressive sales techniques, he soon outgrew his competitors, and then absorbed them all. By 1905 Keystone was the largest stereographic company in the world. The company survived until 1963.
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. However both cards seem to have something spilled on them at some point. It is a relatively small area in both cases.
SIZE: 7 inches x 3 1/2 inches.
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