via Myanmar Mix, 12 August 2019: A slightly dated story, but still cool – a collection of 36 stereograms from 1900s Burma (Myanmar). You can view these 3D images using your phone and a little bit of cardboard.
Around 1900, the pioneering stereoscopic company of the time, Underwood & Underwood, decided to give the world a glimpse of Myanmar (then Burma).
The result was 36 stereoscopic views captured across the country, one of a series of “stereoscopic tours” published as part of the Underwood Travel Library, which has now been digitized by the National Archives UK.
The prints are generally of high quality and some have detailed captions printed on the reserve.
They include towering images of Buddha, the rich mines of Mogok, pagoda spires and palm trees, fighters at a Buddhist funeral and the remarkable Gokteik Viaduct, spanning across a deep gorge.
Imagine what it would have been like, looking through a stereoscope and ‘touring’ a distant part of the world over a century ago.