Stereoviews of the Bierstadt Brothers
Studios and sites in New Hampshire include locations at the Glen House, Waumbek House, Dixville Notch and Flume House for several successive seasons. Sought out river spots and isolated pools for fishing and reflection. [ E Muybridge 1871 ] [ see family detail at Brooklyn Museum ] [ see art inventory at Smithsonian use keyword = Bierstadt ]
Studio New York City 1860. War photography 1861. During brother Albert's two year European artistic honey-moon, Albert secured for Edward and their business a new process for printing photographs developed by Josef Albert, the court photographer of the Bavarian Court. This so-called "Albert-type" process allowed surface to surface mass production printing. It greatly enhanced the Bierstadt Brothers view output. Never-the-less the views take on the look of mass produced copies, but this process actually propels them to a leading position in the stereoscopic view market. Between 1875 - 1878 they would also publish Gems of American Scenery, a fine art view book of stereographs. Several similar view books for places of interest follow this style. A fire destroyed the New York studio about 1874.
Charles talent in photography allowed him to ascend nationally to the top of his photographic trade. He arranged for the publishing and distribution of views from several outlets in Boston, New York, and Niagara and eventually made distribution arrangements with the new Underwood and Underwood firm to sell in markets beyond his capabilities. This same Underwood firm eventually acquires his business in 1897 along with several other aligned and competitive firms. At that time Underwood & Underwood was well on its way to surpassing the production record volume set by the B. W. Kilburn view business. The record was eventually achieved a bit after 1905. By 1920, however, the Keystone View Company, which began by a former B. W. Kilburn salesman B. L. Singley of Meadville, PA would absorb all of them.
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