A game of bocce, Filipino families and stereographs from Port Arthur

Pin of The Week

Party after a game of bocce, Thulimbah, ca. 1949

Pin of the Week was pinned by the State Library of Queensland. It shows a group of Italian migrants who had moved to the Stanhope District in Australia after World War Two. The description of the photo says they have just been playing bocce which is an Italian game similar to boules. Today, bocce is played in many overseas areas that have received Italian migrants, including Australia, North America and South America. Initially it was played amongst the migrants themselves but slowly has become more popular with the wider communities. For me the photo highlights this beautiful cultural interchange that the moving of communities can bring. The men can also be seen drinking; know doubt they brought a little local wine knowledge over with them as well!

Pinner of the Week

People power revolution, Quezon City, 23 February 1986

Pinner of the Week is Angkang Pilipino (meaning Filipino Family), a site representing The Philippine Genealogocial Society online ‘that offers articles, resources, biographies and photos that may help and inspire enthusiasts to embrace genealogy with scholarly diligence.’

Check out their Channel and explore their contributions which span many decades and topics.

The Chapel of St. Pancratius, Manila, 1900

We just need Google’s Street View cars to run through Manila and the rest of the Phillipines and we’re sure to have some great overlays to create a compelling comparison with today’s cities and landscapes.

Children play in flooded Niconyor Reyes Street, Manila, 1975

Story of the Week

Japanese officer instructing his men how to scale the walls of the deadly forts, Port Arthur, 1904

This week’s story is inspired by some photos pinned by the pierlociop and is the story of the stereograph and stereoscopy.

Stereoscopy is a technique used to create the illusion of depth within a 2D scene. The easiest way to do this is to provide the eyes of the viewer with two different images that differ very slightly; just enough to mimic the perspectives that both eyes naturally have in binocular vision. This is then produced as a stereograph, as seen above, which lays the two photos side by side and ocular apparatus is then used that splits which eye sees which photo. As the brain receives the images they are combined to give the perception of a 3D scene.

A Holmes Stereoscope

You can read on the side of the stereographs pinned by pierlociop that they were produced by Underwood and Underwood Publishers. The company was founded by two brothers, Elmer and Bert Elias Underwood, and ran from 1881 till the 1940s. At one time they were the largest publisher of stereoviews in the world, producing 10 million views a year.

Professor Ricaiton, with Japanese officers of 11th Division, at foot of Takushan, Port Arthur, 1904

These particular stereographs show scenes from Port Arthur, now known as Lüshunkou, in China,1904. Port Arthur was the site of the longest and most violent battle of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905.

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