Here's a couple of stereographs I bought over the weekend, due to their rough relationship to the Museum:
The 'Dutch Courtship' was probably intended to be humorous.
This crowd scene is meaningless now without its caption.
So, why did I buy these?
Both are by William H. Rau.
He was William Bell's son-in-law. Bell was the Museum's best photographer of the 19th century who took photographed many of the Civil War soldiers at the Museum. He was the subject of a small exhibit at the American Art museum last year.