NYPL Unveils “Stereogranimator” to Create GIFs from Archived Stereographs

Posted on: January 27th, 2012 at 6:45 am by

Here’s some awesome out-of-the-box thinking from the New York Public Library.  The city institution unveiled a cool web application that allows users to mine the archives of some 40,000 stereographs and create animated GIF files.  A concept so simple, it’s brilliant.

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The idea itself traces back to San Francisco-based artist and writer Joshua Heineman, who for years has been creating GIFs from the NYPL collection.  His ideas were embraced by the library, and eventually led to the “Stereogranimator,” which went live yesterday afternoon. Literally hours of entertainment!

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[Broadway on a Rainy Day, circa 1860]

Stereograph photos were a 19th century format in which two pictures were placed side-by-side to create the illusion of three dimensions.  In order to view, they required a special device called a stereoscope. Think of it as an old-school Viewmaster.

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[Niagra Falls, late 1800’s]

[via Mashable]

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