Welcome to Photoarchive3D.org

Photoarchive 3D is a digitized archive of original stereographic 19th and early 20th century historical images.  When viewed by a single person looking through a binocular stereoscope, these reconstructed a scene in three dimensions, complete with depth, creating a “Victorian virtual reality.”  Only a fraction of the millions of views produced have survived, and we here present a sampling of the broad range of available subjects including exotic locations, people of the world, historic events, and material aspects of life 100-150 years ago. 




Upcoming Fall Events


Come to a Live PA3D event, as this audience did in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August, 2014




"Digitization, Documentation and 3-D Presentation of Historic New England Stereoviews."

November 19, 2014, Cambridge, MA.
Vintage stereoviews are original 3-dimensional photographs created during the last 150 years.  3D digital rendering has added value in permitting display of these historic virtual environments to audiences using routine projection equipment.  We review principles and workflow of digitizing 28,000 stereoviews for the dual purpose of  object documentation, and 3D projection.  Striking examples from around the world will be shown, followed by a thematic presentation of images from New England.   Annual Metting of the New England Museum Association. Details at Upcoming Events.


Ottoman19th Century Istanbul in 3D: Center of Empire

Friday November 21, 2014. 7:00-8:00 pm., Boston Mass.
GSU Conference Auditorium, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground Boston University, 775 Commonwealth Av., Boston, MA.
Spend an evening with the Sultans in their magnificant capitol, and meet people of the Ottoman Empire. Details at Upcoming Events.




Hidden World of the Czars: The Russian Empire in 3D Photographs.

Spring, 2015. Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA.