Stereoscopic Skin Collection, 1910

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.49

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Stereoscopic Skin Clinic Cards
    Creator:
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: Set of 132 photographic prints on stereoscopic cards, arranged in alphabetical order by skin disease. Explanatory text on verso of each card. “Copyright 1910 by Dr. S. I. Rainforth N.Y.” at the foot of each card.
    Extent: 0.106 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    Set of 132 photographic prints on stereoscopic cards, arranged in alphabetical order by skin disease. “Copyright 1910 by Dr. S. I. Rainforth N.Y.” at the foot of each card. The photographs depict various diseases, from acne to syphilis. Each image includes description, diagnosis, and treatment on back of each card. Designed for the use of practitioners and students of medicine. Probably from: Selden I. Rainforth. The Stereoscopic Skin Clinic. New York, circa 1910. WARNING: Contains nudity and graphic images.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    “Stereo photography combined the work of two Victorian inventors, Sir Charles Wheatsone and Sir David Brewster, who used photography to popularise their discoveries. Stereo negatives when exposed in a camera produced two almost identical photographs which were then placed in a viewer that enabled them to be seen three dimensionally” (Powerhouse Museum). “Dermatologists were rare in the United States in the early 1900s, and general practitioners had limited dermatological training. Enter Selden Irwin Rainforth, an entrepreneurial general practitioner from upstate New York” (Yale Alumni Magazine, January/February 2009). A graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School, Rainforth used the popular technology to provide three-dimensional views of common skin diseases.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    Probably donated 1982-2000; set of 132 stereoscopic cards. Gift of Todd L. Savitt of Greenville, North Carolina.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Todd L. Savitt

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Stereoscopic Skin Clinic Cards (LL 02.49), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Melissa Nasea, 2015

    Sponsor Statement

    Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

Varicella, 1910
Selected stereoscopic skin cards in frame; used in display at Duke University, undated

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Container List

Varicella, 1910
Selected stereoscopic skin cards in frame; used in display at Duke University, undated


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