Stereoscopic Images of World War I : Collection One

This collection includes scanned images of stereographic photographs taken in Europe and northern Africa during World War I.

Stereoscopic pictures were taken with a Verascope camera, which was developed in France in the late 1800s. These cameras would take two simultaneous photographs through two lenses set a few inches apart, which were then exposed side by side onto a glass plate slide, or stereoview. Placed into a special stereoscopic viewer, the two pictures on the slide would be seen as a single three-dimensional image.

There were three primary wartime producers of stereoviews, including the French company Éditions S.T.L., whose initials often appear on the slides.

Slides in this collection were originally collected by Walter M. Davis during the War. Davis, who used his middle name as his surname to avoid anti-Semitic persecution in Europe, was the son of Walter Davis Moses, who founded Richmond, Virginia’s premier music store, Walter D. Moses & Company, in 1895. Moses was later joined by business partner Louis J. Heindl, whose grandson, David Heindl, and great-grandson, Daniel Heindl, acquired the stereoscopic viewer and glass slides included in this collection.

The original materials in this collection were lent to CCPL through the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. To obtain archival quality digital images without watermarks, please see www.chesterfieldhistory.com for CHSV contact information.

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