Diableries…Devilish Antique Art

“What are Diableries?”

diableries

“…fascinating stereo cards, which were made exclusively in France, beginning in the 1860s, and continuing on until around 1900…depict a whole imaginary underworld, dea1c219d2b1a16bb6d73cd18321e276populated by devils, satyrs and skeletons which are very much alive and, for the most part, having fun. The cards are works of art in themselves, and are known as FRENCH TISSUES, constructed in a special way to enable them to be viewed (in a stereoscope) illuminated from the front, for a victoriannormal ‘day’ appearance in monochrome, or illuminated from the back, transforming the view into a ‘night’ scene, in which hidden colours magically appear, and the eyes of the skeletons leap out in red, in a most macabre way….”

http://www.londonstereo.com/diableries/index.html

I bet Steam Punk folks go nuts over these things.

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About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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2 Responses to Diableries…Devilish Antique Art

  1. Emily Williams Sculpture says:

    Ha ha these are really great! Hey I found some yesterday on the Library of Virginia website under there Virginia Memory- Photographic archives. Really interesting ones about Richmond, the Civil War, and famous architecture (Monticello etc.) Like the images a lot! Since you were showing skeletons I thought I would keep with that theme click the icon:
    http://digitool1.lva.lib.va.us:8881/R/UCAMCIKH98BFSAG6MI7TV3BJJNDBCHIN723EKRNCVGIX435JAY-01059?func=results-jump-full&set_entry=000064&set_number=095513&base=GEN01

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  2. JunkChuck says:

    Glad you like these. I thought they were really cool. I don’t get any results from your link, unfortunately, just a blank results page–wanna try again, or offer me further instruction?

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