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Rare Color Tissue French Stereoscope Cards Opera "Les Huguenots," c.1860s-1870s


Impressive and hard to find stereoscope cards with hand painted photographs of opera "Les Huguenots." Images in embossed and arched yellow card frames are on layers of semi-transparent tissue which appear black and white until held to the light. When backlit, color appears brilliant. Photographs are by Adolph Block, whose stamp is on each card "Propriété BK Paris." From series "Les Théâtres de Paris."

Total of 10 cards. Numbered 1 to 11. Card 2 is missing. It is unusual to find the original cards by Adolph Block, especially a nearly complete set. His cards are from the 1860s to the 1870s. Opera "Les Huguenots" or "The Huguenots" is by Giacomo Meyerbeer and premiered in Paris in 1836. 

Cards were deliberately pierced to enhance lighting, the sun, the moon, and/or jewelry in photographs. Card 10 is ripped or cracked vertically across the left pane, but only on the front layer of tissue. Card 11 has a horizontal puncture on the bottom of the right pane (about 1/2 cm across). Card 1 and Card 11 each have two spots of dark residue on the frame (from a former, ancient rubber band). Some very minor wear consistent with age and use on all cards. Otherwise, these slides are bright, show little wear, and overall are in good condition. 

Each slide measures 3 1/2 H x 7 W x 1/16" D. Slides are incredibly light and weigh 4 oz. 

Inquire to see more images of this set. We also have a set of stereoscope cards by Adolph Block from Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine."



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