B. W. Kilburn & Universal Photo Art Stereoviews - Children's Wedding and Victorian Courting Couple


Two interesting stereo cards. The card from B. W. Kilburn is numbered 7063 and titled "Swinging on the Gate" and shows a young courting couple. It's really very charming, copyright 1892. The other card from Universal is numbered 4571 and titled "Miniature floral wedding - The march" and features a strange but enchanting scene of children dressed up as adults in a wedding party, including a child priest, and bride and groom. The copyright is by photographer C. H. Graves and is 1900.

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.

The B. W. Kilburn stereoscopic card is 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. One of this pair also has the name of James M. Davis, a photographer and salesman on it. Davis joined the Kilburn 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: The Universal card is in excellent condition, but the Kilburn card is soiled and faded with a bit of bumping on the edges.

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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