New to My Collection: Union Officer With Table Top Stereoscope

Unusual subject matter in this carte de visite by Martin’s Gallery of St. Paul, Minn. William Crooks (1832-1907), the colonel and commander of the Sixth Minnesota Infantry, stands next to a table top stereoscope, likely made by Alexander Beckers, a pioneer photographer, artist, inventor and businessman in New York City. Beckers, a friend and competitor of photographer Edward Anthony, received ten patents for the stereoscope during two decades in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century. Stereoview photographs could be viewed in 3-D using devices like the one pictured here.

This portrait is now available on PinterestTumblr, and Flickr:
A Minnesota Colonel With Table Top Stereoscope

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3 thoughts on “New to My Collection: Union Officer With Table Top Stereoscope

    • Hi Kurt,

      Upon magnification of his shoulder straps, it became clear to me that the officer was a colonel. I sent the scan to Roger Hunt, author of the popular “Colonels in Blue” series. He immediately identified him!

      Ron

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