Long before 3-D was forced into every movie from “Avatar” to “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” Victorian-era households had their own creepy 3-D fun.
Stereoscopic images were a marvel of technology when they first debuted in 1860s Paris. The effect is simple but mesmerizing: Two photos of the same subject are taken from slightly different angles and placed side by side. When viewed through a stereoscope, the images blend, creating a 3-D effect.
For the Diableries, French artist Pierre Adolph Hennetier created sculpture tableaux portraying Satan and his captured souls in various states of revelry, torture or pageantry, and he photographed different sections for the stereo cards.
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