Views around 1900
Underwood & Underwood, Publishers,
New York, London, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Kansas produced many sets of stereo
cards around 1900.
Their views were high quality photographs,
often including figures or crowds amongst the city scenes (in contrast to the
stereo-views of the mid-nineteenth century which required long exposures, so
tended to show buildings but no figures)
Largest in the World
Underwood & Underwood were active, producing stereo
views from 1882 until 1920, later continuing as a news service.
At one time, they were the largest publisher of stereo
views in the world, producing 10 million stereo views and 300,000 viewers in
Underwood & Underwood purchased the printing works of
Strohmeyer & Wyman, but were themselves taken over by Keystone View Co, who
acquired the stock of Underwood & Underwood negatives.
Stereo Views - An illustrated History
and Price Guide: John Waldsmith - 2nd edition 2002 [ISBN 0 87349 401
Views from around the World
I have views of India, Venice, Switzerland,
Yosemite and Scotland.
The Scottish views are of Ayr, Aberdeen,
Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Iona and the Scottish Borders, Stirling, Thurso
and the Trossachs.
Views of Edinburgh
click below to see some of the
My Underwood & Underwood views fall into one
of four categories. Perhaps this may help to date the cards, most of
which appear to me to have been produced around 1900. I have:
a) Dark brown mount, with description
of the scene on the back.
The description in black on the dark muddy-brown card can be difficult to read,
so I have lightened the background on the reproductions on
b) Dark brown mount, without
description on the back.
I have only one example
c) Light beige mount, with description
on the back.
d) Light beige mount, without description
on the back.