In Streets of Chicago, Ill., U.S.A

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In Streets of Chicago, Ill., U.S.A 1890
This stereoscopic view shows the streets of Chicago in 1890. It is by Benjamin West Kilburn, who along with his brother established Kilburn Brothers - a photography firm that specialised in producing stereoscopic cards. Here we can see the bustle of everyday life on a Chicago street which would come to life when viewed through a stereoscopic viewer. Three years later, Benjamin was back in Chicago after gaining the exclusive rights to sell stereoscopic views of the Columbian Exposition.

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Stereoscopic Photograph

Two photographs taken at a distance from each other equivalent to the distance between the eyes, mounted together on card, and viewed in a hand viewer. Stereoscopic photography was invented to imitate the vision of both eyes, and the effect is three-dimensional.

Stereoscopic Photograph


  • Acc. No. PGP R 1226.12
  • Medium Stereoscopic albumen
  • Size 7.70 x 7.50 (each image); 8.70 x 17.70 cm (overall)
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985