Unknown maker, Frenchabout 1855

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Viewing stereographs was a popular hobby from the mid-1850s until after the First World War. Stereographic subjects varied widely from topographical and architectural views to still life and narrative subjects. Children's cards were particularly popular and hundreds of series of cards were issued. This card shows an optical device with various viewing instruments scattered around it.

Gift of Weston J. and Mary M. Naef

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  • Title: Polyorama
  • Creator: Unknown maker, French
  • Date: about 1855
  • Physical Dimensions: 8.3 x 16.5 cm (3 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Lithograph, colored
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Weston J. and Mary M. Naef
  • Object Type: Stereograph
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XC.979.10831
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Gift of Weston J. and Mary M. Naef
  • Classification: Photographs