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I bought a number of stereo views today , but have no idea who created the views. One is South Australian and I will post separately, all others are British.
One is held by the Getty Museum, and they did not identify the creator.
see http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/92268/unknown-maker-bri.... I would agree on the date seeing as it is on yellow card stock. I was wondering if it could be by George Washington Wilson? Two of the others are said to be St. Albans Abbey. See attachments etc
Hi, Stephen. I have a couple of views of St Albans Abbey one of which matches yours shown here with the reverse, both shown below. Unfortunately, there's no clue regarding photographer. The other stereocard I have seems to be from the same period but shows a different couple in the foreground. I have c-de-v of the Abbey by Frederick Downer of Watford. The images seem to predate the start of the restoration of the Abbey from c1856
Thanks Michael. I was wondering from the card stock used that in fact, as you indicate the period might be 1850's. Makes these views some the earliest in my collection . (Acquired in a country antique store in Strathalbyn, South Australia)
I did find this site earlier today, but yet to take a closer look:http://www.hertsmemories.org.uk/content/herts-history/towns-and-vil...
The yellow stereo looks more 1860s (I assume it's a flat mount and square corners.). But the uncolored one with that style label is typically mid-1850s, as Michael indicates.
Thanks for your comments Alex. It would seem that the St Alban's Abbey and Houses of Parliament views predate my Brewster style viewers, newly acquired!
Hi Stephen I am looking forward to seeing the South Australian stereo. I am hoping I may be able to help you out in someway with that one? Cheers Bill