This Kilburn stereoview shows the now iconic Flatiron Building in New York. The text reads: "Wonder of the Twentieth Century, the "Flatiron," New York City. The photo is copyright 1903, which means it was taken just a year or so from the building's completion. The street scene shows a bustling thoroughfare.
This is a B. W. Kilburn stereoscopic cards 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. This card also has the name of James M. Davis, a photographer and salesman on it. Davis joined the company 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: Very good.
SIZE: 7 inches x 3 1/2 inches.
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