Hot Springs street scene

Hot Springs street scene

Artist: J. F. Kennedy, photographer
Type: Stereoview, wet plate collodion process
Year: 1870-1890
Size/Dimensions: H: 3.875", W: 6.937"
Origin: Conservation Tax Fund Purchase
Accession Number: 2002.53.2

The stereoview features two views of a street scene in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Most interesting about this print is the image of a camera outside the building in the right side of the print; the camera is possibly taking a photograph of the men in the wagon across the street. On the back of the stereoview is the photographer"s mark that reads, "Stereoscopic Views of Hot Springs and Surroundings Photographed by J. F. Kennedy," with a listing of 81 different views offered by Kennedy of Hot Springs. Stereoviews were developed in the 1860s as a way to replicated human vision. By mounting two negative prints of the same image side by side on a single card, and viewing the card with a stereoscope, the impression of depth was created.

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Hot Springs street scene