About a week ago, A.J. and I were in an antique store in Georgia, where I found a couple of stereoscope cards with horses and carriages. This brightly colored one shows a line-up of the participants at a horse show, with a fat, furry pony in the foreground.

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I believe the CMA has a few of these cards in its collection as well.

Obviously, I can’t give you the proper 3-D effect here on the blog, nor can you see it by looking at these in person. Clearly, the next thing we’ll need to find is an old handheld viewer.* I know I’ve seen them in various antique stores here in Lexington, so I’ll be on the lookout the next time we’re browsing!

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* For a brief history of the earliest forms of 3-D, and a photo of a handheld stereoscopic viewer, click here. If you happen to watch the video (about a Canadian museum exhibition on early 3-D methods) embedded in this article, it also has some nice old stereoscopic photos of horses and carriages.