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Keystone View Company Stereoptican Views Photograph Collection

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Collection Summary

Keystone View Company Stereopticon Views Photograph Collection

Circa 1900      

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Keystone View Company

1 linear foot (1 box)   

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.          

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Keystone View Company, located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and founded in 1892, sold and distributed stereographic images. By 1905 it was the largest stereographic company in the world. In 1963 Keystone became a subsidiary of Mast Development Company, and in 1972 Mast closed the Meadville manufacturing site.

Description of Collection

This collection contains 194 Stereopticon views from the Keystone View Company. Images depict various activities around the world, although few locations are identified. Includes two views of Philadelphia school gardens, cutting ice with a saw in Pennsylvania, and corn husking on a New Jersey farm.

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1715498~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Keystone View Company Stereopticon Views Photograph Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Keystone View Company Stereopticon Views Photograph Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                                                   

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Esther R. Miller, February 11, 1991. Originally received as part of the Fellowship House (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records (Acc. 723).

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Keystone View Company

Lantern projection
Slides (Photography)

Material Types:


          4          Playing soldier

          5          Seesaw with a barrel and a ladder

          6          Blindman's bluff

          7          Wash day

          8          Playing tea party

          9          Playing with a toy train

          10          Down the hill on sleds

          11          The Christmas tree and toys

          12          Playing Indian

          13          Making toys that go

          15          Sailing toy boats

          16          Boy scouts in camp

          19          Jenolan caves, New South Wales, Australia

          20          Minnehaha Falls, MN

          24          Waterfall near Vossevangen, Norway

          25          Mount Hood, looking southwest from Cloud Cap Inn

          26          Bar Harbor from Scott's Hill, Mount Desert, ME

          27          Manhattan Island, NY, as seen from an airplane

          28          The Matterhorn, Switzerland, glimpses of Swiss life in the valleys         

          29          The whirlpool rapids from steel bridge

          30          Rock-bound coast of Finistere, France

          31          Bird's-eye view of Naples (East) and Vesuvius, Italy

          32          Emerald Lake, Sierra Nevada         

          33          Early spring or late winter, tapping a maple tree

          35          Spring- Jack in the pulpit

          36          Seeds carried by the wind

          37          Getting ready for Halloween

          38          Market day in a snowstorm, Quebec, Canada

          39          Deep snow drifts in New England

          41          Summer- On a children's city playground

          43          Summer- A family picnic party in the woods

          45          Winter- Boys playing fort in the snow

          46          Tomatoes growing in a home garden

          47          Harvesting onions on truck farm near Buffalo, NY

          48          Potato field on a truck farm

          49          Wheat field, Washington

          50          Gathering sweet potatoes, Philippine Islands

          51          Red raspberry field in the lakeshore fruit belt, Hilton, NY

          52          Picking apples

          56          Banana trees, Hawai

          57          Date palms, Alexandria, Egypt

          59          Preparing cane stocks for planting, West Indies

          60          Gathering cotton on a southern plantation, Dallas TX

          61          Tapping a rubber tree in Brazil

          62          Bamboo jungle, Java

          63          Corn husking by hand on a New Jersey farm

          64          Rice field at plowing time, Japan

          65          Bamboo plantation, Nanking, China

          66          Walnut grove in Southern California

          67          Maple sugar in barrels drawn by oxen to the station for shipment

          68          Great trees in the Oregon forest

          69          Apple orchard in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

          70          Chipmunk or striped squirrel

          71          The polar bear, Bronx Park, New York City

          72          Buffalo herd, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

          73          Beavers and their home

          74          Reynard the fox         

          75          Puma, or mountain lion, captured in Colorado

          76          Royal Bengal Tiger in his cage

          77          Caged lions at close range

          78          Giant hippopotamus from Africa

          81          Crocodiles, Palm Beach, FL

          82          Downy woodpecker and chickadee

          83          Young flickers

          84          Ring-necked pheasants, U.S.A

          85          Red-winged blackbirds

          86          The blue jay

          89          Ostrich hatching eggs, FL

          90          Writing spider and web

          92          Ground hog

          93          Elephants bathing in a tropical stream

          94          Reindeer herd in Norway

          97          Possum hunting

          98          Monkey mother and baby on a tree

          99          Sea gulls in San Francisco Bay

          100          A veery's eggs in the nest

          101          Bears in Yellowstone Park

          102          Song sparrows in their nest

          104          Wild animal pets

          107          Flamingoes, Australia

          108          "Isn't our stock looking fine?"

          109          Chicken ranch in California

          110          Turkeys in the barnyard

          111          Feeding pigeons in front of St. Mark's, Venice, Italy

          113          Milking the cow

          114          Teaching a calf to drink milk from a pail

          115          Sheep and lambs, New England

          116          Shepherd and his flock, Judea

          118          The bee man looking at his bees

          120          A cattle round-up in Arizona

          121          An elephant at work

          122          Mother camel and baby in the desert

          123          Shetland pony with week-old foal

          124          Petting the colt

          127          Ducks in the farmyard

          130          Peasants crushing grain by hand, Russia

          131          Grinding wheat, Palestine

          132          Making tortillas, Salvador, Central America

          133          Making native bread, Bulgaria

          134          Making bread, women of Lebanon, Syria

          135          Meal time in a Filipino home

          136          Water carriers, Nile River, Egypt

          137          Delivering milk to city homes

          140          Getting ready for business

          147          The blacksmith's shop

          148          Potter shaping plates, Trenton, NJ

          150          Wooden plow drawn by oxen, Mexico

          151          Riding plows drawn by horses, Washington

          153          Cutting ice with a saw, Pennsylvania

          155          Shearing sheep

          156          A spinning wheel and reel, Norway

          157          Feeding silkworms with mulberry leaves, Japan

          158          Unwinding the cocoons, Japan

          159          At the loom weaving silk, Japan

          162          Milk wagon and dog team, Antwerp, Belgium

          163          Grocery man selling supplies

          164          Furrowing an orchard with a tractor

          170          The grocery store and the delivery truck

          174          Milking cows by machine in a modern stable, pure blood Guernsey cows

          175          Cutting wheat with a cradle

          176          Stocks of wheat in the fields, Regina, Sask, Canada

          178          Grinding the wheat into flour

          179          In an old gristmill

          182          Tanning leather, cleaning hides by the "Beaming" process

          187          American woolen mill-Sorting raw wool into three grades

          188          Doll factory-Molding dolls' heads, Sonnenberg, Germany

          189          same as above

          193          Farming-Irrigating newly planted fields, New Jersey

          195          Water wheel and irrigation ditch on a great fruit farm in Washington

          196          Farmer with buffalo team, Bulgaria

          198          The camel-On the Jerusalem road, Palestine

          201          Sioux indians and ponies, Colorado

          202          Train arriving at Ranger, TX

          204          Sailboat in harbor, Piraeus, Greece

          210          Wholesale produce market on a busy day, Chicago, IL

          212          Freight steamer loading lambs, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

          215          Freight cars loaded with cotton bales on the levee near cotton growing district, Texas

          217          Canoes at Yakusa, Congo, Africa

          219          Dutch scene-Women with milk cart on a dyke road west of Dordrecht, Netherlands

          222          Loading the truck with vegetables for market

          224          Traffic policeman, Cleveland, OH

          225          A fire department in action

          226          School gardening, Philadelphia, PA

          227          Story hour in the first grade

          228          First grade at work

          230          A home garden

          231          City street cleaning machine

          232          A public city market

          233          Public city market from the outside

          235          In the health office of a school

          236          Boy scouts raising the flag

          237          School gardens of boy scouts and camp fire girls, Philadelphia, PA

          238          The postman

          246          U.S. soldiers in Germany, infantry on review

          248          Iroquois Indian village, Canada

          249          Indian pueblo, New Mexico

          250          Indian woman baking bread, New Mexico

          251          Indian squaw making pottery, Oraibi, AZ

          252          Indian village on a government reservation, Glacier National Park, Montana

          254          Indian warriors in council

          255          Indian fur camp on the plains

          257          Old Navajo Indian woman making rug on a primitive loom

          258          Hopi indian home, Mishongovi, AZ

          260          Mountaineer's cabin, Cumberland Gap, TN

          261          Wash day, Funchal, Madeira Islands

          262          Village home in India

          263          Lapp family at home, Norway

          264          Bedouin tent, Palestine

          256          Father going to work

          266          Bedtime

          267          Shack built on piles, Manila, Philippines

          268          Homes of miners in a Pennsylvania coal center

          269          A farm far away

          271          Farmer's wife churning

          272          A truck garden

          273          An American mother preparing a meal

          274          Summer tents of Eskimos, Greenland

          275          Swedish woman milking a cow in the farmyard, Lerfal, Sweden

          276          American family life

          277          American mother bathing the baby

          286          In the land of wooden shoes, Holland

          287          School children, Marken, Holland

          288          Arabic school in Cairo, Egypt

          289          Japanese children with their kites, Japan

          290          Have you learned to read? Japan

          291          Japanese school children, Japan

          292          Kashmir children playing hop-scotch

          293          A toddler in Manchuria, China

          294          Milking the goat, Australia

          295          Filipino children at play

          297          French boys buying toy boats from a boat builder

          298          English boys on a hill near Ludlow, England

          299          Eskimo mother, babe and pet wolf on deck of S.S. Diana, West Coast, Greenland

          300          Chinese children at play (Blindman's bluff)