Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Blue and Grey, Red and Blue

Posted in Technology by Andy Hall on August 30, 2011

So I’m reading this new (to me) blog, Lancaster at War, where Vince has taken a 19th century stereo pair and converted them into one image that can be viewed with those red/blue glasses you can get more-or-less anywhere. At his suggestion, I tried it out using these instructions and this Civil War stereoview. This is the result; it seems to work best if you lean back from the screen a bit.

Then there’s Captain Semmes of infamous Confederate raider Alabama. More background to this image here.


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  1. Richard said, on August 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Have you seen the book “Lincoln in 3-D” or seen the 3-d images that the Civil War Trust and Center for Civil War Photography displayed? Both are pretty cool. You can get a free pair of 3-D glasses from the Civil War Trust site (or at least could a few months ago) and they worked well.

  2. corkingiron said, on September 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I know what a viewmaster is. I’m struggling to figure out WTF an “app” is and why my phone is so stupid. And now you expect me to come up with some oldie-sorta-new-fangled glasses! Ok – I’ll admit I was momentarily grateful for, that explanation actually. At first click I thought I was having a stroke.

    I am roadkill on the information highway. Go ahead and pick my bones.

    • Andy Hall said, on September 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      “At first click I thought I was having a stroke.”

      Best. Comment. Ever.

      As I recall, Shelby Foote felt himself quite put-upon to be expected to use the telephone.

      • corkingiron said, on September 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm

        He might have felt differently if there was a Robert E. Lee app.

        • Andy Hall said, on September 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

          Foote was more a Nathan Bedford Forrest kinda guy.

  3. Vince said, on October 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    A follow-up link, where I see the CWPT offers a free pair of red-cyan glasses and a whole bunch more photos to view:

    • Andy Hall said, on October 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm


      • Vince said, on October 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

        Just got my pair today. Your photos look great, and must lose almost no three-dimensionality in the transformation. The image on my blog, though, that you linked above is nowhere near as good as viewing with a stereoviewer, so I wonder if it wasn’t aligned properly:

        • Andy Hall said, on October 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

          Vince, some stereo cards published in the 19th century were rip-offs — single images, as opposed to true stereo images shot with paired lenses. The other thing one sees sometimes is that the people pasting the prints on the cards got them mixed up, switching left-for-right. In either case, the stereo effect is destroyed in the original.

          • Vince said, on October 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

            Interesting, did not know that. But this image does has verifiably good three-dimensionality (aka depth?), as it looks great when I view the original card in the stereoviewer that I own, so that’s why I think something didn’t work quite right in my manipulations.

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