Stereoview Cards - Antique 3D Photos from the late 1800's to early 1900's

Stereoview Cards (also know as Stereographs) have two almost identical photographs side by side and placed on cardboard to be viewed with a stereoscope to give a 3-D effect. These cards were made in the late 1800's up until the 1940's. I came across a stack of these at an online auction (not Ebay). I paid $90 for them and I have already sold 2.

Howling Wolf Indian Cheyenne Imprisoned At Fort Marion for $150.00 and Railroad Marshall Pass Mount Ouray Colorado Train for $39.99. I have several others listed right now. This one picture is listed here... 

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There is a good profit to be made with these photos and they were so much fun to research.

Here is more information tight roper Stephen Peer (Info from website Niagara Falls Museum) ..  Stephen Peer was born in Niagara Falls in 1840. At nineteen years of age he watched, spellbound, as The Great Blondin performed ever more challenging feats while crossing the gorge, and Stephen vowed he would surpass him. He started by crossing ropes he made himself by twining grapevines together, strung between the trees of his family's orchard. Soon he was entertaining the villagers of Drummondville by performing high on a rope across Main Street from the Prospect House to Kick's Tavern (location of Mints to the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market Parkette)By 1873 he had landed a job as assistant to Henry Bellini, who billed himself "The Australian Blondin". Tales about Bellini suggest he had quite a volatile temper. He refused to allow Stephen to use his rope. One day, however, when Bellini was not around, Stephen leapt aboard and lightly skipped across; to the delight of onlookers, he proceeded to perform many of Blondin's original stunts.

Returning unexpectedly, Bellini flew into a rage and managed to cut two strands of the three-strand rope (while Peer was on it) before he was pulled away. Now it was the crowd's turn to be enraged. Bellini was run out of town. Peer performed his first official rope walk, under his own billing, on June 22, 1887. A broadside advertising the performance shows that somewhere along the line, he had gained the title of "professor" and had added an extra "e" to his surname for effect. His performance was free, but a collection box was passed through the crowd. His 5/8-inch wire cable was erected between the Great Western's suspension bridge and the Michigan Central's cantilever bridge. 

His walk was a complete success, and he received the accolades of thousands of applauding spectators. Three days later he was dead, discovered on the gorge bank below his cable. The reason for his death remains a mystery: some suggested he attempted to walk the rope while drunk and wearing street shoes; the coroner cited suicide, but the family claimed it was murder, that he had been shot by rivals and dumped into the gorge. We may never know.

1 comment

Lisa Gonosey

That Bellini sounds like a big jerk. He probably pushed Peer. Did they find bullet holes for his family to suggest he was shot? It seems to me falling was the more likely c.o.d. I would suspect Bellini….

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