Example of a Stereograph

3-dimensional photography became a novelty in the 1870's as photographic methods and equipment became economical. Photographers traveled throughout Europe and the American west in the 1880's documenting the landscape for the expanding tourism industry associated with the expansion of the railroads. Frank Jay Haynes (1853-1921) was one of the earliest photographers to visit the west and established a photography lab in Mammoth Hot Springs village (1885-1905). He created almost 2,400 stereo views of western landscapes during his career (mostly in the Western Interior, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska).

The copies of Haynes' original stereographs used in this report were purchased as souvenirs by Emma Sanor (the writer's great grandmother) while visiting Yellowstone in 1916. The stereograph are therefore older than that date (and have hence expired their copyright).

This image of the Great Falls of the Yellowstone is an example of one of the original stereograph modified to be viewed with 3-D viewing glasses on a computer screen (or printed on paper). Many examples of Haynes' stereoscope images can now be found by searching for images on the World Wide Web.

Upper Geyser Basin

Stereograph of Lower Falls

  Stereograph of "Great Falls [Lower Falls] from Red Rock"
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