Snowy Lawrence — in 3D (Lawrence, MA)

Corner, Lawrence and Haverhill streets

We think you will agree that Lawrence looks nice dressed up in snow. This stereoscopic image of the snow-covered Barbour residence at 223 Haverhill Street was created in the late 1800s. The two two-dimensional (2D) stereo slides would be viewed together through a stereoscope (you may be familiar with a later version – the View-Master). The view through the stereoscope would create a three-dimensional (3D) image of the scene for the viewer. Imagine experiencing this type of vision over 120 years ago, before virtual reality and just at the dawn of motion pictures . You’re right there in the chilly air! The snow is right in front of you! And check out that arched glass greenhouse!

You can take a look out the window to see what Lawrence looks like in the snow right now, in real life. And while you can no longer see the Barbour house (the old Lawrence High School now stands on this spot), you can visit the Lawrence Public Library’s page on Digital Commonwealth to see a detailed version of this photo, “Corner, Lawrence and Haverhill streets” from our Stereo Slide Collection.

2 Responses

  1. Great old pictures!

  2. Testing 1…2…3

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