This antique stereoview shows the grand stairway at the Imperial Art Gallery in Vienna, Austria. I would assume this to be Kunsthistorisches Museum. Copyright 1898.
J.F. Jarvis, Publishers, had a distribution deal with Underwood and Underwood for his views starting in the 1880s.
Underwood & Underwood was founded in 1881 in Ottawa, Kansas by two brothers. At one time they were the largest publishers of stereoscopic cards 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: Good to very good, some soiling.
SIZE: 7 inches x 3 1/2 inches.
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Bad - I don't sell this.
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