Set of twenty-five late 19th century stereoview cards depicting street scenes from Cleveland, Ohio, each card captioned within the negative at lower right, views include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Public Square, the Central Viaduct, City Hall, the New England and Garfield Buildings, the YMCA Building, the State Asylum, the Lighthouse at Gordon Park, the Cuyahoga Building, Tinker's Creek, the interior of the Cleveland Arcade, the Superior Street Viaduct, and Lake View Cemetery, printed on beige cardstock with publisher's imprint "Alfred S. Campbell, Elizabeth N.J., U.S.A." printed to the left-hand side of each card and "Copyrighted 1896" to the right-hand side. Light soiling and toning, slight edgewear. Cards 3-1/2 by 7 inches. Loose as issued. Elizabeth, New Jersey (Campbell) 1896. Accompanied by an antique wooden stereoscope viewer.
Alfred S. Campbell was born in England and came to the United States in 1867 to form a business partnership with Napoleon Sarony, a popular portrait photographer. After their partnership dissolved in 1871, Campbell first set up a rival studio under his own name, and then a mass photographic reproduction printing facility, monopolizing the cigarette card trade by the late 1880s. His studio was burned down on October 3, 1892, the fire set by a foreman who was attempting to hide the fact that he had been stealing the silver used to manufacture photographic paper. Campbell rebuilt his studio and shortly thereafter was once again in charge of a thriving business. Book ID: 49054