“Tar Pits” in 3D




During the latter half of the 19th Century and into the 1920s, stereopticon views were all the rage — and many of them were views of paleontological exhibits. A lot of such three-dimensional views taken at Rancho La Brea — Los Angeles’ famous “Tar Pits” — were sold during the early 20th Century.

Here are some of those stereo views, taken from 1909 through the early 1920.

To see these images in three dimensions,  just “reverse cross” your eyes.