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A photo mail call: From the files of David Spangler

Many of our regular readers send me long letters filled with memories, which I absolutely love. Sometimes, though, a picture really is worth a thousand words, and I also enjoy getting letters with photos – or just getting photos – depicting York County’s past.

A recent trip to the mailbox brought two images from David Spangler of York Township.

The first is a copy of a photo from David’s family archives, of West Market Street in York.

West Market Street photo from David Spangler

The other is a copy of a stereo viewer card from David’s files, depicting a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Field Hospital stereo viewer card

This gave me a chance to read up on stereo viewer cards, which I had heard of but didn’t know much about. They’re an early version of 3-D images; you can view them through a “stereoscope” to see the image multidimensionally. No stereoscope? You can also get a glimpse of the 3-D version of the image by kind of crossing your eyes, as made famous by Stereograms back in the ’90s.

If you’re interested in learning more about the older stereo viewer cards, read more here.

Thanks, David, for sharing these fun images from in and around York!

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