The 1862 International Exhibition stereo cards, published by the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company.

 

            One advantage of not going to as many post card fairs as I used to, is that I have more time to mount up and gloat over my collection. I have just got round to sorting out my Stereoscopic cards and have made one or two interesting discoveries.

            I have a few of the 1862 International Exhibition stereos and when I got them sorted out I found I had three of one card No. 68, but when I looked at them closely, I realised each view is taken

 

    

Type A. The girl is sitting side face                    Type B. The girl is sitting ¾ full face

 

Type C. The girl is sitting full face

Note the chair is now almost full frontal

from a different angle (they all have the same number, but the titles also vary). When I checked with Michael Tongue’s book ‘Expo 1862’ I found he illustrates one of my No. 68’s, but with a further variation of title. So we now have four different number 68’s.

            Ah well, we always knew variety was the spice of life.

 

Variations of title or position of girl

 

No. 68.            The Reading Girl. P. Magni. Sculp.       (The girl is sitting side face)

No. 68.            A Girl Reading. P. Magni. Sculp.          (The girl is sitting ¾ full face)

No. 68.            The Reading Girl. P. Magni. Sculp.       (The girl is sitting full face)

No. 68.            The Reading Girl, by Magni.                 (The girl is sitting full face)

 

© Exhibition Study Group 2010

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