I love these stereo cards. I bought a stereo-card viewer at an antique store a few years back, and I love finding cool cards. Here are a bunch I’ve bought over the years. Most I’ve found are either like tourist postcards, showing the beautiful sites of wherever, or they’re these set-ups, like the female barber one I posted recently. This one, though, is a curious bit of grisly history.
I found this explanation online:
In 1907, 800 people died in an earthquake known as the 1907 Kingston earthquake, destroying nearly all the historical buildings south of Parade in the city. That was when a restriction of no more than 60 feet (18 m) was instated on buildings in the central business district. These three story high buildings were built with reinforced concrete. Construction on King Street in the city was the first area to breach this building code.