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New Life To The Industry And Art Of Stereography
family has long held a meaningful connection to the Keystone
View Company and to stereography.
Lance and Eric Johnson tell of their grandfather Charles,
a Swedish immigrant, who began a 43-year career at Keystone
View Company four years after it was founded in 1892.
Their father Harold, who was Charles Johnson's son worked
at Keystone for 53 years before he retired in 1976. Their
mother Isabel worked at Keystone as a commercial artist
and met her future husband, Harold, there. The Johnsons
have maintained and expanded a personal collection of
Keystone products and memorabilia as well as that of other
stereographic companies and related materials.
speak with Lance and Eric Johnson of Keystone and stereography
is to glimpse both the charm and fascination of a photographic
medium that captured the avid interest of Queen Victoria
and Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the technological innovations
which grew from a parlor pastime.
As in today's
photographic journalism and entertainment, stereographic
styles and subject matter ran the gamut. Photographers
snapped innumerable subjects, grand events, historical
moments, landscapes andportraits.
on film the famous and the common. Some photographers
considered themselves picture-takers while others were,
indeed, artists with a vision that created true and lasting
images. Architecture, natural disaster, and daily scenes
of the common person's life are often depicted. Views
of countless cities of the world can be seen both at war
and peace. From the humorous to the tragic to the mundane,
stereography has left its indelible mark on history.
will be a lasting tribute and home for the industry of
stereography, with the primary focus on the collection
of the Keystone View Company. The museum will display
elements of the manufacturing process, the history and
the artistry of stereography. It will eventually
include a research library, and play a marked role in
providing new and previously undiscovered information
to stereography enthusiasts and researchers. While visiting
the museum, groups and individuals will enjoy a vast collection
of stereoviews, stereoscopic equipment and documents in
a hands-on environment. Many will have the opportunity
to view photos of family and friends, landscape and architecture
world-wide, and historical events.