Polyscopic stereoscopic pictures and stuff like that

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I'm sure that you, like me, have a special place in your heart for the Stereo Pairs Collection? Here we have some images from the collection all on the one plate and each one is a cracker of a shot. The printing on the side of the sheet says "Eagles Nest Mountain, Killarney" so we know where we are but what else can we find out?

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_3025

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    • 29/Aug/2022 08:27:58

    My brain can't cope with four photos in stereo. Purple, Glena, Eagle's Nest, and Torc Mountains ...

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    • 29/Aug/2022 08:36:18

    Glena Cottage rings a bell

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2022 09:37:47

    Glena Cottage on google maps. It is on the 1830s 6" map too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2022 09:49:55

    The angle on Torc mountain is maybe looking South East? goo.gl/maps/DqRYMNFdRbzdtEZTA

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    i-lenticularis (NO GRAPHICS)

    • 29/Aug/2022 09:51:05

    These are marvellous!

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    • 29/Aug/2022 10:07:14

    Another polyscopic stereograph STP_3017 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000566336 - shows scenes from a Royal visit to Dublin by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1868. Buenas fotos muy antiguas

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Aug/2022 13:43:08

    And another one here catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000566329 including the Giant's Causeway, a popular subject for 3-D. There's one in my grandfather's collection, which I now have. As for polyscopic stereographs, how did they work? The website luminous-lint says "2 views seen, each side of stereo is 4 different images, thus giving 4 quarter-size views on same card; both seen are of Westminster Abbey. " , suggesting that when the card is viewed using a stereoscope (such as my grandfather's) you see 4 different 3-D images at once. I'm not sure there's any advantage over 4 normal stereo pair cards. But I'd still love to try one.

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Aug/2022 14:00:24

    I've also learned today that: 1) Polyscope was a racehorse c. 1918 2) Selig Polyscope Co of Chicago was a film distributor which had an address in Wardour St London in the early 1900s 3) Polyscopic Spectacles were advertised in 1825 as an "entirely New and Elegant Invention" which had the capabilities of both a microscope and, with adjustment, opera glasses (and presumably everything in between). Some sort of varifocals? 4) Polyscopic Portraits were available from T.H. Reilly of High St, Belfast in 1865. "New and beautiful style of Portraiture, so admirably admired for Family Groups"