Fonds 80-008 - Realistic Travels stereograph collection

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Realistic Travels stereograph collection

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    • 1914-1918 (Creation)
      Realistic Travels

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    100 stereographs

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    The Realistic Travels Company was a large stereographic publishing company based in London, England. It existed from approximately 1908 to 1916 and was run by H.D. Girdwood. Realistic Travels had branch offices in Toronto, New York, Bombay and Cape Town. (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 stereographs numbered, captioned and entitled "The Great War".

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    The fonds was purchased from an unknown source.


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        For related records see: 80-007 and 83-1026.

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        Note: accessions 80-007 and 80-008 are shelved together in one box. File lists for both accessions are found below.

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        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, Belgium 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 armoured 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, Belgium

        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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