Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer Night Tea Party, circa 1876

Now this is really random, but I found this photograph on the Library of Congress website and like it just because it's titled "Summer Night Tea Party." This is a detail of a shot from one of those old stereoscopic cards.

And here's an image of the full card itself, from Melander Photographer in Chicago, according to the info at left. The Library of Congress says little about this card other than the fact it was created circa 1876. My biggest question is, did children in Chicago really dress like that on a summer night back then? I'm currently sitting here in Georgia while wearing a lightweight T-shirt and knit slacks, and the A/C is going full-blast. Dressed like that, I'd have suffered heatstroke! (By the way, this is the first time I've been able to make myself "see" the photo in 3-D by staring at the images until they blend! Fun!)


  1. I agree with you, Angela, I wouldn't want those long sleeves, high necklines, boots and socks on a summer night! Maybe it should have been captioned "Winter Night Tea Party". :-) But I love the tea party part of it.

  2. Maybe it was colder in Chicago back then!
    I still haven't been able to stare at the images and make them 3-D, but I'll keep trying!
    --from Vernona in DC

  3. Fun photo. I've always been fascinated with 3D viewing. With stereo viewing reducing the size slightly helps to view. One side of the stereo image should be no wider than the distance between the pupils of your eyes, for the average woman that would be about 2 1/4 inches.
    To view image be sure your nose is straight inline with the center of the two images. Stare and relax like you are daydreaming and soon it should come into view.
    Donna in Fresno, CA

  4. I too have wondered how people survived in the old days. It must have been cooler.

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