6 August 2021: The first batch of Brentano's scans are live in the Image Library! You can take a look at them here. Please also have a look at our joint press release with The Western Front Association; we're asking all site visitors to have a look and help us identify anything recognizable in these images. We plan on adding at least 300 more by 11/11, so keep your eyes peeled!
More site news & update information is available here.
This is the online site for the Jordan/Ference Collection of stereographs related to the Great War (FWW/WWI). Stereoscopic photography was a popular pastime in the Great War period, and companies in most of the warring nations sold stereoviews. This web site describes the manufacturers of photographic stereoviews and explains how to identify them based on their markings. Scans of the actual images are also located within this site, as are check-lists representing offerings from the various publishers.
First World War stereoview sets were sold throughout the war and
remained popular for many years after the war ended. In the United
States, the most commonly encountered Great War stereographs were
produced by four principal companies: Keystone, Underwood &
Underwood, and W. E. Troutman of this country, and Realistic Travels
of England. Other English-language stereograph sets were produced by
Underwood & Underwood's English subsidiary and by Rose
Stereoviews of Australia. Another English company, Nightingale, made
battlefield scenes taken a year or so after the war. Of all the
producing nations, the French not surprisingly appear to have been
the most prolific, with several major companies mass-producing both
glass and paper stereographs. One major German company, Neue
Photographische Gesellschaft (NPG), manufactured a
variety of views for Germany and Austria-Hungary. In addition to
images from all of the major publishers, this site also contains
those taken by officers from both sides of the conflict with their
own personal stereo cameras.
The stereoview scans contained in this site are being provided
royalty-free as any copyrights have long since expired. You
may copy and use these images freely. Should you decide to
publish any of these images elsewhere, please acknowledge the
provenance with "Image from the Jordan/Ference collection,
courtesy of greatwarin3d.org". If you need more
detailed scans please contact us. Except where noted, the 3D
scans presented on this site are from the physical Collection. Scans from other sources are included for reference purposes and the
source is identified on these images.
The text in the Research Notes portion of this site, except
where footnoted, is the product of original research and is
copyrighted. Brief excerpts may be used when credit is
given. For other uses, please contact us. We have also included a list of articles in which scans from the Jordan/Ference collection have been featured.
Enjoy browsing our site. Your feedback is important to us. Please let us know if you have photos to add to the site, new or corrected information, or questions concerning First World War stereoviews.