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  • Benneville Lloyd Singley
The 'New Woman'

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The 'New Woman' Possibly 1896
This stereoscopic card shows a bizarre scene of a ‘new woman’ dressed in men’s clothes with a small bowler hat perched on her head. She is casually sitting reading ‘The Ladies Home Journal’ whilst her husband is shunned into the background scrubbing clothes by hand. Although there is certainly a humorous side to this image, it is also intended to reflect the backlash against women as they pushed for equality and the right to vote during the late nineteenth century. It is a typical example of many photographs that were produced at this time which suggest what the world would be like if women adopted traditionally male roles and men were left to do the ‘woman’s’ work.

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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 846
  • Medium Stereoscopic albumen
  • Size 8.80 x 17.80 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985