Ca. 1900. 30 pairs of gelatin silver stereo views, each ca. 8x15 cm (3x6 in), mounted on original brown stiff cards. Each numbered, with photographer’s copyright and typed captions in English on recto, twenty-three with printed captions in English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish and Russian on verso, and some with more extensive printed notes on verso. Housed in the publisher's original card brown cloth box ca. 19x9x6,5 cm (7 ½ x 3 ½ x 2 ½ in) with gilt-lettered title “Jerusalem” and studio name (“Underwood & Underwood”) on the spine. A couple of joints cracked, the box slightly rubbed, several photos with mild sivering, but overall a very good collection.
An attractive collection of 30 stereoview photos of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, published by the “Keystone View Company” in the early 1900s. The photos bear the copyright of the “Keystone View Co.” and also the one of its main competitor “Underwood & Underwood,” basing on the “Underwood’s” famous series “Travelling in the Holy Land through the Stereoscope” (1905). Twenty-four stereo views depict the iconic sites and streets of Jerusalem and environs; the remaining six photos show Jaffa, Lydda (Lod), and the sites of biblical Upper Beth-Horon and Mizpah. Overall a nice stereo view collection, demonstrating the perception of the Holy Land and its iconic sites by the American public in the early 20th century.
A list of stereoviews: 1) Jaffa, the Joppa of Bible times, Palestine; 2) The bazaar of Jaffa on a market day, Palestine; 3) A caravan of camels, in the narrow road approaching Jaffa, Palestine; 4) Plowing in the fertile plain of Sharon, Lydda, Palestine; 5) Pass of Upper Beth-horon from S., scene of Hebrew victories, Palestine; 6) Looking S. E. from Mizpah to Jerusalem four miles away, Palestine; 7) Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus at the northeast, showing nearly the whole city; 8) Damascus Gate in N. wall past Church of Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem; 9) The Jaffa gate from outside, Jerusalem; 10) Jerusalem on the west – view S. from new tower over the walls; 11) The Valley of Kedron and village of Siloam, Palestine; 12) Tombs of the Prophets, in the King’s Dale, Valley of Kedron, Jerusalem; 13) Gardens of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives from the eastern wall, Jerusalem; 14) Ancient olive trees, Garden of Gethsemane near Jerusalem; 15) “Unclean! Unclean!” wretched lepers outside Jerusalem; 16) Jerusalem, the City of the Great King, from Mount of Olives, Palestine; 17) Gethsemane road to Stephen’s Gate, thronged with pilgrims; 18) The “Dome of the Rock” where the Temple altar stood, Mt. Moriah, Jerusalem; 19) The sacred Rock, where the Temple altar stood, Mt. Moriah, Jerusalem; 20) Pilgrims in the Temple area, N. from El Aksa to Dome of Rock, Jerusalem; 21) The Jews’ wailing place, outer wall of Solomon’s temple, Jerusalem; 22) Inside a Jewish synagogue, showing Holy place and reader’s platform, Jerusalem; 23) Crowded bazaar and thoroughfare of David St., view E. to Olivet, Jerusalem; 24) A Christian street – motley life in the Holy City’s bazaar district, Jerusalem; 25) Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem; 26) The Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem; 27) Easter procession of Greek Patriarch, entering Church of Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem; 28) “The New Cavalry,” outside Damascus Gate, from the northern wall; 29) “The tomb of our Lord,” “New Cavalry” outside of Jerusalem; 30) Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives – east from the Latin Hospice, Palestine.
“The Keystone View Company was founded in 1892 by B. L. Singley in Meadville, Pennsylvania…it rapidly improved and eventually became not only the world's largest but also the best view company. In the formative days Singley took all the images; later there were dozens of staff photographers…They developed the technique of consistently producing beautifully clear, crisp prints which were a delight to view; originally they were mounted on tan curved cards and later on their trade-mark dark gray curved mounts. The company also emphasized the use of informative text on the back of the views, and popularized the concept of boxed sets which had been innovated by the Underwood Brothers.” (Yellowstone Stereoview Page).
Price: $525.00 USD