Historical 3D Fun With Anaglyphs

You’ll need red-cyan glasses to experience the 3D effects in this post.  Don’t let that deter you if you don’t have any.  I just ordered ten pairs for $4.89 (shipping included) on eBay and got them in three days.  I’d like to think that’s a small price to pay and a short time to wait…

Eye Reflections as Accidental Stereoviews

The eyes, it’s said, are the mirror of the soul.  But they also serve as mirrors more literally: we can see things reflected in them.  And when we’re looking at two eyes side by side, we can often see the same things reflected in both at once, from slightly different vantage points—nature’s own stereoviews!  With…

What is Eduction?

I’ve been using the word eduction to refer to a concept that I originally put forward in connection with sound media, but that I now think applies to a much broader range of subjects.  In this post, I’d like to explain where the concept came from and spell out my latest ideas about its scope…

Animating Historical Photographs With Image Morphing

There’s always room for improvement, as they say.  In February 2014, I posted my first entry on this blog, “Historical Stereoviews as Tweened Animated GIFs,” demonstrating a method of creating animated GIFs from stereoviews that aren’t as headache-inducing as the common “wiggle GIF.”  You might recognize our alligator friend from that post—it was my first-ever…

“Twin” Tintypes as 3D Animated GIFs

If you spend much time around old photographs, you’ve probably run into sets of “twin” tintypes that look identical at first glance.  Unlike photographic prints made from negatives, however, every tintype is technically unique.  “Twin” tintypes are thus never exact duplicates of one another; instead, they were taken simultaneously from slightly different perspectives with a…

Historical Stereoviews as Tweened Animated GIFs

Stereoviews were the first commercially mass-produced media designed to be accessed with a special piece of equipment—namely, a stereoscope or stereoviewer.  In that important sense, they anticipated the later media of cinema (motion pictures) and phonography (sound recordings). But stereoviews are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to twenty-first-century accessibility.  Today it’s fairly easy…