Photo of the Week: Shifting Perspectives

In the Surf, Manhattan Beach, U. S. A., 1889, v1972.1.1019; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

In the Surf, Manhattan Beach, U. S. A., 1889, v1972.1.1019; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The photo of the week is a stereograph depicting men and women wading in the surf at Manhattan Beach. Stereographs are two nearly identical photographs that have been mounted on cardboard. When viewed through a stereoscope, a 3-D image appears. You can view this photograph, along with 7 additional stereographs from our collection at BHS Dumbo’s inaugural exhibition, Shifting Perspectives, featuring views of the Brooklyn shoreline through the lens of two dozen photographers. We hope to see you there!

This photograph comes from the Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection comprised of roughly 1,400 black and white photographs taken from various photographs from 1860 to 1920. Some highlights include many views of Coney Island and Prospect Park. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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