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Astounding Apparition!

c.1860 (made)

Anon. 'Astouding Apparition !' (ghost photography), c.1860

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TitleAstounding Apparition! (popular title)
Materials and techniques
Stereoscopic photograph
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Anon. 'Astouding Apparition !' (ghost photography), c.1860
  • Size of card height: 8.2cm
  • Width: 17.5cm
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  • Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018) Marta Weiss Stereographs were produced in vast quantities and depicted a great range of subjects, from the educational to the absurd. At the humorous end of the spectrum were novelties such as stuffed frogs playing pool, supernatural tableaux and cartoonish domestic scenes.
  • Label for 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' (3 May 2013 - 12 January 2014): Probably John Reynolds The Angel's Whisper James Elliott (1835–1903) Mary Queen of Scots. A Prisoner Unknown photographers The Captive Woman selling apples from a basket Probably Martin Laroche (1810–86) Astounding Apparition! Unknown photographer Frogs playing pool and smoking clay pipes About 1860 A stereograph is a pair of photographic images of the same subject taken from slightly different angles. This gives the illusion of a three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope. These optical devices occupied a place in the drawing room, as a television might today, providing entertainment that was both amusing and instructive. Stereographs were the most popular outlet for staged and narrative photography in the 19th century. Stereographs Museum nos. 107, 113, 124, 127, 147-1957, 679-1943
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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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