Apparently there was a slang expression of "undressed tomatoes" that meant "peeled tomatoes" so every stereoview photographer and publisher has their version of the Matron of the house telling the Maid that she may now serve the tomatoes Undressed, so the maid comes out in her underwear, telling the matron that she will not take off another stitch. Some cards had the dialog in numerous languages. Did the Foreigners get the joke? Click on the image to see my comic collection.
Edward J. Muybridge was one of the most colorful photographers of the 19th century. He is more well known today as the father of motion pictures due to his photographing sequence shots of people and animals. He was a contemporary of Carlton Watkins, photographing both Mammoth plate and stereoviews of Yosemite, San Francisco and environs. Although I have Collotypes of his Animal Locomotion Studies, until recently I only had a few of his Stereoviews. Here are some recent ones I found in an antique store in Denton, Texas. These are not your usual Yosemite Views. If anyone can identifly the two that are not numbered or labeled, I would be grateful.
One of my earliest areas of stereoview collecting was hand tinted views. It started when the Photo Historian Peter Palmquist sold me an Underwood tinted view of Yosemite for $8.00 at a Pasadena, California Camera Collectors Show and Sale. I also took a class at Santa Monica College on hand coloring photos with Marshalls transparent oil paints, which I still do several times a year. Click on the image below to see a collection of black and white and colored views of an estate from the 1930's. This has some of the nicest coloring I have come across.
M. M. Hazeltine was a longtime Yosemite and California photographer. He sold Negatives to both John P. Soule of Boston and Thomas Houseworth of San Francisco. He eventually moved to Baker City Oregon where he continued to Photograph. See Paul Hickman's January/February 1994 Stereo World issue for a chronology of Hazeltine;s life..
Sometime in my mid 40's I was convinced by my bosses to take up golf with them. We never became good but we had a lot of fun. I carried that over to my collecting and through a complicated trade got the Keystone 50 card set with famous golfers of the 1930's. I was also collecting presidents and comic views and I was always looking for golf related views in those categories. Click on the images to see my golf related stereoviews.
Alfred Judson Perkins was a San Francisco Photographer who produced Stereoviews of Lake County and Geyser Springs. Like Andrew Price, he took tourist photos and also sold his stock stereroviews to the tourists.
Andrew Price was a photographer based in Healdsburg, California. He produced a number of stereoviews of the northern California area including sets of the Geyser Springs area. A number of the views in my collection are of Tourists visiting the Geysers. Besides the tourist shot he would offer them views from his sets of the area (see the back lists). My wife's sister lives in this area so that started my interest in Andrew Price.
John Gray Brayton was a Santa Rosa, CA Photographer in 1857, and in Napa City from 1860 - 1900. These views are of the tourist destination of the Geysers. These are similar to Andrew Price and A. J. Perkins. He sold images to Carlton Watkins which I am adding to this album.