20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

In the early decades of photography, stereoscopy was a very popular technique for creating the illusion of depth in photos. These early "3D" images must have seemed like magic, and photographers wasted no time documenting the wonders of the day in this glorious new format. The boom in bridge-building technology provided the perfect subject.

The following twenty animated GIFs were all created from stereoscopic cards over a century old that show beautiful bridges from around the world, picked from the amazing collection of the Swedish Tekniska Museet. No need for special viewing instrument (stereoscope)—just sit back and enjoy the lively, almost three-dimensional view.


Brooklyn Bridge, c1883-1900.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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Brooklyn Bridge, over East River, New York, c1860-1880

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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A walk on Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Underwood & Underwood, 1904.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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View of Devils Bridge over the Schöllenen Gorge, Switzerland. Photo: Charnaux Freres & Co, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The bridge to Saint Sébastien over the river Loire in France, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge, in North Somerset, England, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge during construction, c1870-1890. The man with the high hat is possibly the architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The Royal Albert Bridge over River Tamar between Plymouth and Saltash, England, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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Bridge over river River Garry in Killiecrankie, Scotland, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The castle and bridge in Conway, North-Wales. Photo: Francis Bedford, c1870-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The Hungerford Bridge in London, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The Britannia Bridge (Pont Britannia), the bridge over Menai Strait in Wales. Photo: Francis Bedford, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The Menai Suspension Bridge between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales. Photo: Francis Bedford, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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Bridge in Chamonix, France c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The new Buspension Bridge by the Niagara Falls. Photo: Geo. E Curtis, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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View from The Pyrenees with the bridge Pont Napoléon, near Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France. Photo: C. Lamy, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The High Bridge, NYC, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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Rialto Bridge, Venice, c1870-1900.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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Bridges over the river Saône (Rhône), Lyon. Photo: Jean César Adolphe Neurdein, c1860-1867.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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The bridge to Sister Island, Niagara Falls. Photo: Geo. Baker, c1860-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

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Top animgif: Niagara Suspensior Bridge from Monteage House – Tekniska museet