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WHY DIDN’T THEY

THROW THIS AWAY?

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Perhaps this is not the first page of this site that you are exploring. If so, you will already understand that we suffer from “EDCB”, exaggerated deviant collector’s behavior. We don’t even know anymore how all this started. But suddenly we found ourselves searching for misprinted cards, in stead of the nice and shiny stuff. Okay. If you won’t tell this to the doctor, we promise you we won’t tell him you’re one of our most frequent visitors.

 

We’re only fooling you around! That is…. we do collect misprinted cards. We are quite intrigued by the question “why didn’t they throw this away”. Perhaps because it was only slightly misprinted? Or was the image perhaps of some importance? We have a couple of nice examples to show you below. Enjoy!

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Nothing wrong much with this 1880’s view of Brooklyn Bridge being constructed. The series’ title is printed twice. By the way, this means the image was pasted before the title was printed (yes indeed, useless information but nice to know). 

 

 

Wow! What have we here? We are letting our imagination go free..…This late 1800’s Strohmeyer & Wyman card was misprinted once: the title of the view – A Good Leap - goes through the image. After that it was possibly used as a test card to see if the printing machine was working okay. The card gives two more titles – “I Must Have That Shell” and “View from the Tower World Bldng N.Y”.

 

 

 

The view above “was” an Underwood & Underwood stereoview card. Like the other one, this was also wrongly printed. You see the card’s title printed twice and between both images there’s text that belongs on the backside. Why wasn’t this thrown away? Because it was used again by another photographer! The two actual images are made by the known British photographer Sidney Smith from Pickering, who’s imprint is on both photos. You see a coach, that is about to leave from Pickering’s Market Place in 1908.  There’s no stereo effect on this card, because both images are alike. 

 

 

Here is a late 1800’s French view. It was printed from a totally ruined glass negative. It hurts your eyes viewing it, but still it wasn’t thrown away. Perhaps a special carriage to see? Kids from a famous person? Or just a crucial view, being part of a larger series? We’ll never know – yes folks, there are still secrets in life! 

 

 

This is an 1860’s view from the Collosseum in Rome. It has a London Stereoscopic Company imprint. This looks like double exposure. Upside down you can see the vague image of another view. Again, why did someone decide to have it hand colored instead of thrown away?   

 

Can you see what’s wrong with this 1870-1880’s view? Backside says this is Nubia, the Temple of Mehazzakah (this is hard to read). Nowadays Nubia is part of Egypt….Okay take your time………

Yes indeed these are two different photographs. The man or woman that was pasting the images on the card mixed up two different images of the same Temple.

 

Here you see a late 1800’s German view. A beautiful girl! But unfortunately not to be viewed in proper 3D. This view has two problems. Firstly the left and right image are in reversed order and your eyes won’t like that! Secondly the images are cut at a different height and your eyes won’t like that either! Why this image wasn’t thrown away? That’s easy! One just does not ever throw away such a beautiful girl (only guessing, or is this a case of “psychological projection”?).

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