Bill Albert Presented Program on Stereography for Enjoyment of All
After providing the audience at Wakeman Hall with special "glasses" of one red and one blue lens for viewing his powerpoint program, Bill Albert presented a large number of amazing 3D images. He explained the history of stereography from its invention in England before the invention of photography, to the explosion of popularity when photo images were used. In the United States many stereographic images of the Civil War were made, which surprises many people today. Albert showed his large collection of them.
Beautiful 3D scenes of western national parks and Niagara Falls contrasted with startling photos of disasters such as the 1906 San Diego earthquake and the 1889 Johnstown flood.
There were many improvements in design of the stereographic equipment, and as it was simplified and became inexpensive almost every home was equipped with one as the family's main form of home entertainment. Libraries and schools used them as teaching tools well into the 20th century.
Albert had an interesting display of his collection of stereographic equipment which was available for examination following the November 18th program, the last one offered by WHS this year. Refreshments and fellowship were enjoyed as well.