Fonds 80-007 - Keystone View Company fonds

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Keystone View Company fonds

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  • 1914-1921 (Creation)
    Keystone View Company

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100 stereographs

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The Keystone View Company was established in the summer of 1892 by B.L. Singley, an enthusiastic amateur photographer in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Keystone was to become the most important publisher of stereographs in the twentieth century. Keystone went on to publish several series of stereograph cards such as images of mining and mineral industries, national parks of America, the world, American history, President McKinley's funeral, World War I, Cascade Park, and the Tennessee State Centennial. By 1920, Keystone was the only major publisher of stereographs in the world. They had offices in London, Paris, Sidney, Capetown, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Part of this prominence was derived from the sale of World War I stereograph sets, as Keystone was one of the only publishers to secure permission to photograph battlefields and military operations. Unfortunately, permission was not granted until the end of 1918, just before Armistice, so many of the photographs depict scenes taken after the end of the war. The photographer of the World War I photographs was Andrew S. Iddings. The Keystone View Company ceased regular production in 1939 but continued to manufacture views for optometric purposes. As well, they filled individual orders for stereographs until 1970. (Taken from: Darrah, William C. "The World of Stereographs." Gettysburg: W.C. Darrah Publisher, 1977.)

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The fonds consists of 100 black and white stereoscopic views entitled "World War Through the Stereograph" Volumes 1 and 2. Each stereograph is numbered and has on the reverse a descriptive text.

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For related records see: 80-008 and 83-1026

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(Note: accessions 80-007 and 80-008 are shelved together in one box).


Keystone View Company, Meadville, Pa., Publishers.
100 black and white numbered and captioned stereographs entitled World War Through Stereograph (Vol I and II).
1 fugitive stereograph of "Ye Eternal Rocks" - the Fraser River and C.P. Ry. Bridge at Cisco, B.C., 1903.|
Each stereograph has a brief descriptive text on the reverse side. Date of publication unknown [1921?]; dates of contents 1914 to 1921.

1 Serajero, Yugoslavia

2 Parade of Cuirassier Guards, Berlin

3 Russian troops

4 Morocco Cavalry, Paris

5 48th Highlanders of Toronto

6 Ally trenches, Coast of Flanders

7 "Mur Tschoffen" wall in Dinant

8 Cardinal Mercier, Belgium

9 French Cavalry, Northern France

10 Marne Bridge; Red Cross Train Wreck

11 Pontoon Bridge, French sector of West Front

12 trenches, La Bassee area

13 No Man's Land near Lens, France

14 Flanders' Fields

15 Battle of Cambrai

16 Scots entrenched

17 Gallipoli, west beach

18 British anti-aircraft gun

19 No Man's Land, Bulgarian Lines

20 Italian Front

21 British Battle Cruiser, "Indomitable"

22 Battle of Verdun, 1916

23 Pres. Poincare and Marshall Joffre

24 Cathedral at Reims, France

25 French 320's near Reims

26 Chemin des Dames, France

27 Chemin des Dames, trenches

28 Chemin des Dames, No Man's Land

29 Berry au Bac, France

30 field guns, Oise France

31 ruins, France

32 Alincourt, German ammunition camp

33 supplies, Aisne France

34 North Compiegne, France

35 trenches, French soldiers

36 First Aid Squad

37 wounded, French front

38 French field hospital

39 wounded, Belguim hospital

40 domestics, France

41 cannon

42 French 155mm. gun

43 German steel cupola for machine guns

44 Zeppelin

45 Zeppelin

46 supply train, bombed

47 observation airplane

48 French "75" gun

49 observation Balloon

50 R-34 airship

51 artillery

52 Germans, dead

53 ruined French village

54 French reserves

55 tank, Cambrai

56 armored tank

57 Renault tanks

58 President Wilson

59 sun bathing

60 calisthenics

61 American Army Camp

62 France, gas mask training

63 training camps, barbed wire

64 American soldiers

65 National Army, Chicago, 1917

66 Great Lakes Training Station, sailors

67 Naval training station

68 12 inch gun, ammunition

69 U.S. Battleship

70 U.S. Submarines

71 U.S. Submarines

72 Marshall Joffre and General Pershing, France

73 submarine wreck, Belguim

74 Bridge over Marne

75 Belleau Wood, France

76 Cathedral in ruin, France

77 grave of Lieu. Quentin Roosevelt

78 German machine guns

79 German prisoners, France

80 Place des Halles, St. Mihiel

81 Ehrenbreitstein on the Rhine, Germany

82 89th Division Doughboys

83 U.S. Army tractor

84 decorating 89th Division, General Pershing

85 U.S. troops in London

86 Victory Day Celebration, July 14, 1919, Paris, France

87 Parade, France

88 Peace Conference, Paris

89 Peace Treaty, Versailles

90 Peace Conference, Clemenceau, Wilson and Lloyd George

91 Soldiers going home, France

92 U.S. transport, "Leviathan"

93 U.S. soldiers, abandon ship drill

94 Convalescent hospital, New York

95 parade, New York

96 reunion

97 U.S. Cemetery at Belleau Wood

98 casket of the Unknown Soldier

99 military heros, Kansas

100 Disarmament Conference, Washington, 1921

1 "Ye Eternal Rocks", Fraser River and C.P.R. Bridge, B.C.


Realistic Travels, London, England, Publishers.
100 black and white numbered and captioned stereographs entitled The Great War (Including the Official Series): Numbers 9, 14, 34 and 75 missing, but set includes #'s 206, 246, 259 and 260.
Date of publication unknown; dates of contents 1914 to 1918.
For further information on these and other examples of the photographic record, the researcher is advised to consult:
a. Archivaria #5, Winter 1977-78, a special issue on photographs and archives; and
b. Guide to Canadian Photographic Archives, Ottawa, 1979, a union list of photographic holdings of Canadian Archives.

1 Seaforths

2 trench mortar, artillery

3 Seaforths

4 Seaforths, trenches

5 Seaforths, trenches

6 Ypres

7 gunners

8 Bosche

10 Royal Field Artillery, R&R

11 H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, France

12 La Bassee Road, London territorials

13 railhead - troops and supplies

15 Staff Officer from G.H.Q. in dugout

16 Hun defence battery

17 Nieuport, floods and barbed wire

18 F.M. Sir John French, France

19 Indian bombers, Neuve-Chapelle

20 Hun high explosive shell

21 French graves

22 Gurkhas, Neuve Chapelle

23 Ypres

24 death

25 Hun lines, death

26 wounded

27 Beury Chateau, Festubert

28 battery of Field Artillery

29 Regiment of Allenby's Cavalry, Ypres

30 Cavalry, France

31 ruins

32 Richbourg Cathedral, France

33 Hill 60, Ypres 1915

35 battlefront, Yser Canal

36 first aid dogs, No Man's Land

37 His majesty King George V

38 Ypres, wounded

39 Zouave Woods, 6th Division, wounded

40 gas cloud at Loos

41 Chalk pits, Loos

42 Belgian trenches, Nieuport in the winter

43 Lewis machine gunners

44 Prussians, Pozieres

45 St. Eloy, Ypres

46 mine field, La Boiselle on the Somme

47 trenches, Sausage Valley

48 gas attach, Serre and Thiepval

49 Picardy of the Battle of the Somme

50 Somme villages; attack

51 H.E. shells in Mametz Wood, 1916

52 French 75's, Thiepval Ridge

53 wounded, Thiepval Ridge

54 Delville Wood

55 Trones Wood

56 gunners

57 mud at Flanders

58 wounded, Battle of the Somme

59 Somme

60 Jerry prisoner

61 guns captured in Battle of the Somme

62 artillery, Somme

63 Somme, No Man's Land

64 Zeppelin

65 Gondola

66 impression of a burning man who had fallen from the Zeppelin

67 crew of the Zeppelin, charred

68 Sopwith Camels

69 aerial combat

70 aerial combat

71 aerial view of the trenches

72 Vimy Ridge, 1917

73 Hindenburg Line, Croiselles

74 Croiselles

76 R.A.M.C. attending to wounded, Monchy Dressing Station

77 Woncourt, artillery observation

78 trenches, Arras

79 Hun "pill box" at Bullecourt

80 Ypres

81 Messines, No Man's Land

82 Messines Ridge

83 Zero hour, Wytechache Wood

84 Huns attack

85 Yser Canal, supplies

86 party of Germans isolated in captured village

87 Pilkem surrender

88 Zero hour, Wytechache Wood

89 North Country troops, Polygon Wood, 1917

90 Bernafay Wood

91 Menin Road Victory, R&R

92 Menin Road, Ypres

93 Houthoulst Forest

94 block house, Poelecappelle

95 Ghelnvelt

96 Passchendaele

97 gas attack, Passchendaele Ridge

98 wounded, Passchendaele

99 14th Century Ramparts and Lille Gates, Ypres

100 Ypres

101 shell fire, Trones Wood

246 Fauquissart post

259 Highland battalion off to the front

260 Leicesters passing by French Canal on their way to the Front Lines

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