20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century to Life

By Attila Nagy on at

In the early decades of photography, stereoscopy was a very popular technique for creating the illusion of depth in photos. These early "3D" images must have seemed like magic, and photographers wasted no time documenting the wonders of the day in this glorious new format. The boom in bridge-building technology provided the perfect subject.

The following 20 animated GIFs were all created from stereoscopic cards over a century old that show beautiful bridges from around the world, picked from the amazing collection of the Swedish Tekniska Museet. No need for special viewing instrument (stereoscope)—just sit back and enjoy the lively, almost three-dimensional view.


Brooklyn Bridge, New York, c1883-1900.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


Brooklyn Bridge, New York, c1860-1880

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


A walk on Brooklyn Bridge, 1904.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Underwood & Underwood,
Source: Tekniska museet


View of Devils Bridge over Hérault River in France. c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Charnaux Freres & Co
Source: Tekniska museet


The bridge to Saint Sébastien over the river Loire in France, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


The Clifton Suspension Bridge during construction, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

The man with the high hat is possibly the architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Source: Tekniska museet


The Royal Albert Bridge, between Plymouth and Saltash, England, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


Bridge over river River Garry in Killiecrankie, Scotland, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


The castle and bridge in Conway, North Wales. c1870-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Francis Bedford
Source: Tekniska museet


The Hungerford Bridge in London, c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


Pont Britannia, Menai Strait in Wales. c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Francis Bedford
Source: Tekniska museet


The Menai Suspension Bridge between Anglesey and Wales. c1870-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Francis Bedford
Source: Tekniska museet


Bridge in Chamonix, France c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


The new suspension bridge by the Niagara Falls, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Geo. E Curtis
Source: Tekniska museet


View from The Pyrenees with the bridge Pont Napoléon, near Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: C. Lamy
Source: Tekniska museet


The High Bridge, NYC, c1860-1880.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


Rialto Bridge, Venice, c1870-1900.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Source: Tekniska museet


Bridges over the river Saône (Rhône), Lyon, c1860-1867.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Jean César Adolphe Neurdein,
Source: Tekniska museet


The bridge to Sister Island, Niagara Falls, c1860-1890.

20 Stereograms That Bring the Great Bridges of the 19th Century To Life

Photo: Geo. Baker
Source: Tekniska museet


Top animgif: Niagara Suspensior Bridge from Monteage House – Tekniska museet