RARE CIVIL WAR IMAGE — This image shows Southern artillery militia members in Charleston, S.C., in a photo made between 1861 and 1865. Rare Civil War-era stereoscopic photographs have been acquired by the library from collector Robin Stanford. The images include a set of very rare photos of pre-Civil War slave life on a South Carolina plantation, images from Fort Sumter just after it was seized by the Confederates in April 1861 as well as one from President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in various cities. Stereoscopic photography creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth from two similar two-dimensional photographs taken next to each other. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.
The library announced the acquisition this week and is placing the first 77 images online. On March 27, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.
Some scenes offer a rare glimpse of slave life in the South from images made by Confederate photographers. Most previous photos showed slaves who were recently freed in the North.
Other parts of Stanford’s collection show images of South Carolina at the start of the war. Another set depicts President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in 1865.
Stanford says the images are like ghosts from the past that reflect part of American history.
Texas photography collector Robin Stanford looked at some of her stereoscopic photographs using a stereoscope at the Library of Congress last Friday in Washington. Stanford has sold the library some of her private collection, including a set of very rare photos of pre-Civil War slave life on a South Carolina plantation, and images from Fort Sumter just after it was seized by the Confederates in April 1861. Stereoscopic photography creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth from two similar two-dimensional photographs taken next to each other. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
This image provided by The Library of Congress show men standing at Fort Sumter near Charleston, S.C., in April 1861 after the fort was bombarded. (AP Photo)