GLASS STEREO VIEWS
d'Edinbourg pris de Calton Hill'
There are now two glass stereo views of looking down from Calton Hill to
the west across Edinburgh on this web site - both supplied by
Paul Burford, who writes:
Claud-Marie Ferrier and Charles
Soulier were both photographers and they photographed and published a vast
catalogue of stereographs.
European glass positives are probably the most common of the glass
stereographs still in circulation (and they're not very common).
They only produced about 17 of
Edinburgh and most were of ruins, monuments and Holyrood, they were taken in
the mid 1860's.
It is not until you have viewed a glass
stereopositive that you realise how superior they are over the stereo cards
but sadly they were only produced early on.
were cheaper, lighter and didn't break when you dropped them, consequently
they became the preferred medium.
I can appreciate the comments in the third
paragraph above, even for today's photography. A medium format slide (eg.
7cm x 6cm on Fuji Velvia, when held in the hand can have far more impact
than a 35mm slide or a print!