The Young Architect (and other fun with stereographs)



The latest gleaning from the Library of Congress collections- an 1891 stereograph card depicting a talented young lady and her monumental edifice. I’m all for encouraging women in architecture, (go girls!) and found this a commendably progressive attitude on the part of the Fellows Photographic Company.

A stereograph  is one of these handy things, and the cards were doubled to create a simulated 3-D image:


Hours of entertainment in the Victorian parlor! It was also a means of mass-distributing photography in an era when newspaper prints were often poor-quality and books with image plates were still expensive. Stereograph cards depicted scenes of nature, landmarks, faraway places, famous people, and even staged scenes for the moral instruction of young minds.

For even more fun, the stereograph below shows a drunken Irishman complete with shillelagh and his wanton molly (showing her ankles!) dancing the “Tippery Jig”- toora loora loora! That’s what happens in places like Swampoodle. Available for purchase on Etsy here.



Lesson for the day: good girls build castles and go to A-school, naughty girls dance with drunken Irishmen. For those of you that know me- do as I say, not as I do!


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