Posted 8 years ago
Lately I’ve been looking for vintage images of patent or product models. This is a recent acquisition of a terrific steam engine model. What’s interesting and special is that this isn’t a single CDV like my other images, but a stereoview.
The rear of the image has period writing noting: “Steam Engine Made by T. Pease Edgartown Mass.” There is also the studio stamp of Charles H. Shute & Son Photographers, Edgartown, Mass. The studio was active from 1868 to 1877 which helps date the stereoview.
The perspective of the steam engine in the two images is unusual and, to me, looks like hyperstereo photography to exaggerate the stereo affect. Hyperstereo images are made when a pair of camera lenses is spaced wider than human eyes.
Although there were cameras available during this time that could make hyperstereo images, the crudeness of the perspective (look closely at the table top) leads me to believe that the stereoview images were made by ineptly moving a single lens camera side-to-side instead of using stereo camera. However the stereo affect is present when viewed properly.