Caught Our Eyes: Swan Boats

Photography curator Carol Johnson spotted this evocative photograph.

"Boston. The swan boats - Public Garden." Stereo copyrighted by George Barker, 1889.

“Boston. The Swan Boats – Public Garden.” Stereo copyrighted by George Barker, 1889. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b12965

Carol comments: “The Swan Boats have been a fixture in the Boston Public Gardens for more than 100 years. Harking back to simpler times, the boat rides offer a peaceful break from busy city life.”

The photographs shows half of a stereograph card. If you were to look at the full stereo card (two nearly identical versions of the photograph mounted side-by-side) with a stereo viewer, it would appear in 3-D, putting you directly in that peaceful scene!

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