Old Stereoscopic GIFs Feel Like Time Travel

At least for me they do.  These generate a sensation of being there like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

According to the New York Times, they were invented by Joshua Heineman, a San Francisco artist.  I’ve collected them from all over the net, slowing some of the faster ones down that gave me a headache, and cropping some distracting backgrounds out.

You can now make your own with many more vintage stereoscope slides and a provided online tool at the New York Public Library.

Vintage 3D (34)Hopi tribe members at Walpi Village, Arizona, date unknown.  (Above and following 11 are from Dan Florence at Vintage 3D)

Vintage 3D (28)Hopi girls weaving baskets in Sipaulovi Village, Arizona, early 1900s

Many more below the fold.

Vintage 3D (22)A Uintah Ute, 1874, living along the western slopes of the Wasatch Mountains in present-day Utah

Vintage 3D (19)Pueblo Indian woman, Isleta, New Mexico, 1906

Vintage 3D (4)Uintah Ute children, 1874

Vintage 3D (26)

Grain market in Haifa, Palestine, 1903

Vintage 3D (15)An ice cream merchant in Constantinople,Turkey, 1898

Vintage 3D (3)Deadening silkworms by steam in Antioch, Syria (now Turkey), 1913

Vintage 3D (9)[5]

Harvest in China approx. 1900

Vintage 3D (12)A civilian merchant’s tent, U.S. Civil War, 1861

Vintage 3D (16)Putnam, Connecticut, late 1800s

Vintage 3D (8)Market Street, San Francisco, 1901


New York Public Library (above and below)



The Public Domain Review


Lake Balaton, Hungary, 1917, from EarthlyMission.com (above and below)


Old_Stereoscopic_gif_by_DarthLenBy DarthLen at DeviantArt


ImgKid.com (above and below)


Late 19th century Japan, hand-colored, Trivials.com

One thought on “Old Stereoscopic GIFs Feel Like Time Travel

  1. Wow. This page really made my evening. It really does feel like Time Travel. It feels like you could step into that world, like it could be made immediate and real.

    It’s also an amazingly interesting juxtaposition, actually, – the mixture of the familiar modern and the primitive. For instance, that dog cart, literally pulled by a dog, as an essential means of survival, while in the background is what would still be considered quite an imposing public building. And that shot of a Union artillery position in the American Civil War, in which the opposite is the case, with the primitively machined (so it appears) clothes, the old time cannon, in the foreground, while behind is the American countryside, much as it might be seen today. In both photographs, or GIFs, it is striking how much was done before the use of modern technology. Those fields behind the artillery are all created by hand out of overgrown wilderness, over a relatively short span of generations, and the public building behind the dog cart was built with the poor ladies’ taxes, and with hand carved stonework, and with horse and man power.



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