Civil War Institute
Stereoviews were created by using a twin-lens camera that captured the same subject from two slightly different angles. The photographer then placed the two images on a stereoview card that could be inserted into a special viewer that merged the two images together and created a life-like, three-dimensional image. Stereoviews’ low cost meant they were an inexpensive way to insert one’s self into realistic three-dimensional scenes like the pictured contraband camp.
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Andrioli, Alexandria J., "A Beacon of Hope: Contraband Camps, Harpers Ferry, and John Brown" (2017). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 224.