A Guide to the Keystone View Company "Tour of the World" Stereographs, ca. 1892-1933
The Keystone View Company was founded in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1892. By 1905 it was the foremost producer of stereo views in the world. From 1892 to 1963 Keystone produced both educational and comic/sentimental view images using staff photographers whose work was not credited. In 1963 the company was sold and its home-sales stereo view division was closed.
Keystone’s “Tour of the World” set of stereo images includes scenes of England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and other European countries, the Balkans, Scandinavia, Asia and the Pacific islands, Australia and New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East, Palestine, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America. Among the things portrayed are physical features, flora and fauna, cities and buildings, industrial and historic sites, and people. The backs of the stereographs contain information about the images along with references to history and occasionally poetry. Some references are made to World War I, a geyser that spouted in Yellowstone in 1928, the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and other milestones that help to date the images but many are undated. A stereo viewer is also included in this collection.
Keystone View Company "Tour of the World" Stereographs, ca. 1892-1933, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Larry Landis, 1988. Subsequent revisions were made by Linda Peterson, December 2010.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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