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Life's a Beach


The Norman B. Patterson collection of photographs at The Mariners' Museum Library consists of many images of beachgoers in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. All of these images were captured using stereograph imaging, the predecessor to the polaroid. What was unique and revolutionary about this technique was that two nearly identical images were taken and viewed in a stereo viewer to give a 3D effect. 

This collection gives us an idea of what beach experiences were like during these time periods and how photographers would capture and share moments, which was a fairly new concept at the time.


By Alex Mosely Christopher Newport University, Class of 2015 Upsilon Pi Epsilon: PCSE Honors Fraternity, Honors Program