WHY DIDN’T THEY
THROW THIS AWAY?
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.
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!
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
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
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