Photo Collection (PC) 151

Stereoscopic cards & Viewer


Acquisition And Processing Information

The majority of the Stereoscopic cards & Viewer in this collection were donated to MASC by Trevor James Bond on July 16, 2012, and processed by University Archivist Mark O'English in July, 2012.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 2 box

Linear feet of shelf space: 1

Approximate number of stereoviews: 106


Stereoscopes (also known as stereographs, or stereoscopic views) are generally sets of two photographs mounted side-by-side on cards, designed so that when looked at through a viewer they would appear three dimensional. They came into popularity in the late 1800s, and peaked in popularity between 1900 and 1940.

Collection Description

The collection consists of stereoscopic cards and one viewer. While the images are mostly tourist in nature and cover much of the world, the images published by the Kinsey Photograph Studio (of Sedro-Woolley, WA) are all of Washington state's North Cascades.


Items in the collection come from five publishers: International Stereographic Co.; Keystone View Company; Kinsey Photograph Studio; "Popular Series" [poss. by J Fortesuce Mann]; Underwood & Underwood. Most publishers have an item number on the image, and so the stereographs are organized alphabetically by publisher, and then by the publisher's number within those. Where no number is given, items are generally organized by date. Within the largest series (Keystone View Company), the publisher's number system is loosely geographical.


This collection is open and available for research use. Items in this collection are likely no longer in copyright.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Stereoscopic cards & Viewer, 1889-1913 (PC 151)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Container List

Box Title
1International Stereographic Co. 10 items. 1901-1908.
1Keystone View Company. 67 items. 1909-1913.
1Kinsey Photograph Studio (Sedro-Woolley, WA). 9 items. 1897-1903.
1"Popular Series" [poss. by J Fortesuce Mann]. 5 items. Undated.
1Underwood & Underwood. 15 items. 1889-1904. Includes "Heroic Washington Volunteers advancing -Filipinos 800 yards in front- Taguig, Philippines, 1899"
2Hand-held stereoscopic viewer. Keystone View Company, Meadville, PA.