Serendipitously browsed: gems of american scenery

I went to the Windsor Library in Windsor Vermont this weekend to take a look at their seed library. It was really neat. The whole building was terrific with large photographs of people from the community. Jim and I poked around in their historical books room and found this gem. It’s a collection of stereoscopic “Albertypes” in a book by Charles and Edward Bierstadt, brother to the more famous Albert (name of photographic process just a coincidence). The book comes with a little viewer built in to the book cover so that the images can be seen in 3D. I took a few photos of the book and more of the stereoscopic images can be seen online. And now I’ve been spending all morning reading about the Bierstadt brothers and the overlap between Albert’s painting career and the other brothers’ photography careers. Fascinating stuff.

book cover, gems of american scenery, white mountains
book cover

image of the viewer built in to the book cover
viewer built into the book cover

instructions on how to use the book
instructions on how to use the book cover

Jimviewing the images
Jim makes it work

4 Responses to “Serendipitously browsed: gems of american scenery”

  1. BarbW Says:

    very cool!

  2. James Fox Says:

    the viewer built in is awesome.

  3. Beth Says:

    That is so cool!

  4. JennyOH Says:

    This built in viewer is so great! What an awesome idea (much better than the 3-D glasses that come with some kids’ books that I am constantly trying to track down!)

    I’ve heard of this seed library and hope to visit it someday with my avid-gardener (and Vermont-resident) mother – the onset of another Georgia summer has me jobhunting in New England so who knows!