About Us

Bob Boyd is a former Army intelligence officer and Vietnam veteran. He is the author of numerous papers and articles on subjects ranging from local Pennsylvania history and genealogy to unconventional warfare. His interest in the Great War was aroused when he discovered a set of letters from his great-uncle, who was an aircraft mechanic in France. Bob lives in Virginia and contributed the majority of the original research found on this site.

Doug Jordan was a retired petroleum engineer whose career involved working in several locations around the world. He was an avid collector of WWI-related books and stereoviews, and first became interested in stereoviews as a child while playing with an uncle's Holmes-style viewer and cards. His wife's grandfather fought with the American forces in France. The Boyd/Jordan collection resided with Doug until early 2020, as did the responsibility for maintaining this web site and updating its contents as new information was discovered. He lived in Texas with his wife.

Ian Ference is freelance photographer, historian, and lecturer. He spent over a decade studying abandoned asylums & industrial sites throughout the United States, and documenting them prior to demolition. He became interested in stereography as a child, when he realized that he could free-view the stereoviews on display at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Since the late 2000s, his primary interest has been in amateur & glass views of the Great War, and the newly-reformed Boyd/Jordan/Ference collection resides with him. He lives in Brooklyn with his wonderful wife.

The Boyd/Jordan/Ference Collection had its genesis in the mid-1990s.  Bob and Doug were independently collecting WWI-related stereoviews and ended up bidding against each other on the newly-created eBay site. Unhappy with this situation, they made contact (in those days eBay let you know who you were bidding against!) and came up with a new strategy.  As Bob was primarily interested in the research aspects, he would scan his purchases and sell them along to Doug. In turn, Doug would refrain from bidding on "Bob's" lots and instead bid on others that Bob hadn't found or bid on. They then shared image scans and any information they could find regarding the manufacturers and set contents, resulting in the image library and lists on this site. After the aquisition of a particularly interesting - and difficult - set of badly damaged amateur views was added to the collection, Ian signed on as Lead Research Archivist, and has now been placed in charge of the collection's future.

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