Two fascinating stereo cards from Underwood & Underwood, Publishers. Both cards feature Sun Sculpture Works and Studios, but of slightly different time periods. The first stereoview is "Home Sweet Home" and features a wholesome American family seated together, in front of a portrait of George Washington, enjoying looking through what appears to be family photos. This one is copyright 1896 by photographers Strohmeyer and Wyman.
The second card is from box set 13, and features prospecters. It is titled "Prospecting for Gold, Indian Gardens, Grand Canyon of Arizona" and is card (13) - 6084. On the back it has text explaining the scene, as well as the title in 6 languages.
Underwood & Underwood was founded in 1881 in Ottawa, Kansas by two brothers. At one time they were the largest publishers of stereoviews in the world. In the twenties I believe they were acquired by Keystone, and by the forties they had ceased to exist. However their catalog of views is huge, and they also produced large thematic boxed sets.
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 excellent condition with very crisp, clean images. Some very light soiling and scuffing on "Home Sweet Home"
SIZE: 7 inches x 3 1/2 inches.
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