Before the times of television and 3D-viewers there was Stereoscope, a device by which two photographs of the same object taken at slightly different angles are viewed together, creating an impression of depth and solidity. My great grandfather Neville Keasberry was a well known photographer in Malang, Java. He had a subscription service you could sign up for and he would send you a new series of photographs monthly by mail.
A large collection of Neville Keasberry photographs was saved and is archived at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (house of famous Rembrandt paintings). I was invited to take a look in the underground archives of the museum and was filled with a sense of pride when I saw a large collection of the pictures he shot and distributed. His collection is valuable as it preserves a piece of history, a myriad of scenes of life in the former Dutch East Indies from the time period 1900 – 1935.
You might wonder what the link is with cooking and food. Well, I can imagine, back in the days, that right before or right after a delicious Indo Dutch meal was served, people would look at these photos like they would watch TV nowadays. Something to talk about at the dinner table. And there is a picture in this post of the Pasar, Indonesian word for market, where you buy food. And of course because I was named after my great grandfather, the star of this article – all the male offspring would bear his name as 2nd or 3rd name. So there!
Have a look.
Pinterest Neville Keasberry collection
The invention of the stereoscope video
The stereoscope in America
Sorting tea a stereo card by Neville Keasberry
More photos by Neville Keasberry on Wikimedia