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What ERB Saw. . .
A stereogram or stereoview is a flat two-dimensional image viewed in such a fashion as to produce a three-dimensional effect..Stereographic photography was invented almost immediately after photography itself. During the Victorian era photographers were sent out to photograph the world in 3D, and the photographs were reproduced over and over to meet the demand -- manufacturing and assembling the views was big business. Looking at stereographs was as common in Victorian times as watching TV is today. People would relax in their parlor and be transported around the country and around the world with a box full of stereos and a hand-held or tabletop viewer.

Stereo pictures are taken by means of a camera with two lenses. This provides two separate pictures 2.5 inches apart, about the distance between the eyes. Although the pictures appear the same, they are not. When looked at in a viewer, which has prismatic lenses, your eyes will blend the two views into one and the brain perceives it in three dimensions the same as normal vision. It's estimated that over 7 million different images were commercially produced, and these had runs anywhere from a handful to thousands! The demise of the stereoscope began with the advent of other forms of entertainment media and by the 1940s, about the only type of stereoviewing available was the View Master.

Manufacturing Stereograms
Manufacturing Stereocards

Rare 1870s Bay Horse Idaho Ramshorn Mining Works

PACK TRAIN:  Burros were the means of transportation of supplies to many mining operations.
The three animals in the foreground are loaded with multiple boxes of freight.
The overloaded burro in the centre appears to have fallen over or is perhaps just resting.
Behind are another three burros and part of a wagon.
Historical accounts record a stone Wells Fargo building in Bay Horse, perhaps that is the building seen at the left in this view,
or it may be a building at the mine.

RAMSHORN MINING AND SMELTING WORKS ~ BAY HORSE IDAHO:  "Ramshorn Mining and Smelting Works. Bay Horse Idaho."
There are about half a dozen buildings and a smoke stack at the right.
The large wooden structure to the left is probably part of the rail line that transports the ore.
There is a huge pile of cut logs in the foreground piled to resemble a wall.
In the closer foreground is a building and log cabin along with a variety of wagons.

RAMSHORN MINE ~ BAY HORSE IDAHO: There are 4 or 5 main buildings clustered together in the middle of the view.
Further down the hill is another structure. A long shaft or flume runs from the main building all the way down the hillside.
At the left is a huge pile of wood, possibly to run processing operations. There are snow banks scattered about.

Sheep grazing on the range with mans best friend.

Nez Perces Indians

Nez Perces Indians

Indian School near Pocatello

Pahute Brave

Miners' Baker ~ Coeur D'Alene.

Cowboys -- A ranch on the Salmon River

Stunning Bridal Veil Shoshone Falls

"Contented herds 'neath the Overshadowing Tetons".

A Sheep Ranch in Idaho

Thousands of Head of Cattle on a Great Cattle Ranch

Rocky Mountain Elk, Beaver Plains

Bridal Veil of Shoshone Falls


Looking Down River from Bluff, Showing Rock Creek Bar

Looking Up Snake River from Juniper Bluff

Holyoke Camp

Copper Plate Sluice at Bonanza Bar

Shoshane Camp

Not Identified

Gravel Bank, Shoshone

American Falls

Gravel Bank, Shoshone

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