Stereoscopic Memorabilia Auction in Melbourne
Black Saturday bush fires burnt a lot of real estate across Narbethong, Victoria, Australia with a rarely seen ferocity but managed somehow to leave Geoffrey Walker's unique collection of vintage curios intact. Geoffrey Walker, who died with his parents in the fire was gathering historical photographs, books and coins, as well as a number of stereoscopic 3D postcards of Australian and foreign scenes that were popular around the turn of the 20th century. The collection is estimated over 10,000 AUS$.
The collection will be auctioned in Melbourne today Thursday April 18, 2013.
Stereocards and Holmes Stereoscopes
Geoffrey Walker's passion triggered his interest in many clubs, including the Victorian 3D Society, of which he was a former president. Current club secretary Malcolm McCormick describes his collection of stereoscopic cards as ''exceptional''. Other items include a few Holmes viewers (named after Oliver Wendell Holmes snr, who invented the device) used to look at the stereocards.
The auction is at Leonard Joel's in Melbourne on Thursday at 10am.
Source: The Age Victoria.