La Stéréoscopie Universelle

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La Stéréoscopie Universelle was a trademark of Rolland et Cie, founded by Paul Rolland. The company was located at 51, Boulevard Saint-Martin in Paris. It was one of the largest manufacturers of glass and paper card stereoviews with images from the First World War. An entry in the Archives Commerciales de la France describes its business activities:


The manufacturing, acquisition and sale of devices, stereoviews, projections, film and all related items…
publishing, buying and selling of artistic paintings.


6x13cm glass stereoview by La Stéréoscopie Universelle
LSU 2018 – La partie de cartes
6x13cm glass stereoview by La Stéréoscopie Universelle

La Stéréoscopie Universelle produced glass stereoviews in both 45x107mm and 6x13cm formats. Many slides contain the abbreviation “LSU” and are numbered by using different numbering schemes. It’s estimated that LSU produced more than 3000 slides [2]. Their stereoviews were also sold by other sellers, like Photo-Plait and Service des Ventes de l’U.N.C.

The company also manufactured stereoscopes and the last known trace of the company is an invoice from 1938 [3].

La Stéréoscopie Universelle - cardboard box for 45x107mm glass stereoviews
Cardboard box for 45x107mm glass stereoviews
Catalog of war scene stereoviews
With courtesy, from the collection of Guy Laluque

See also: blogposts about La Stéréoscopie Universelle

References

  1. Archives Commerciales de la France, March 1925
  2. Stereography in the Great War (Part II) – Glass slide manufacturers, Ian Ference, 2021
  3. The Great War in 3D, invoice La Stéréoscopie Universelle
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