New York: Published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co, (n. d.). Ca early 1860s. Verso with printed title label affixed. View: 2-7/8" x 5-1/4". Card: 3-1/4" x 6-3/4". Flat mount, lemon yellow, square corners. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Light wear & soiling. VG+. Item #45332
From Yosemite expert John Carpenter: "Charles Weed's 1859 set of 40 (42 taken but only 40 published) salt Images of Yosemite represents the most important photographic event in Yosemite history and may very well be the most important stereographic expedition in California history. Individual stereoviews are scarce, some much more than others. My personal favorite is the one being offered here. It is James Mason Hutchings posing, for scale, in the Mariposa Grove for his friend and employee Charles Weed.
Hutchings, acting as guide, had contracted with Weed to accompany him to Yosemite Valley to photograph points of interest for his 'Hutchings' California Magazine'. The trip was a success. Weed's images filled his magazine's pages and in 1860 Anthony and Company purchased the stereo negatives immediately issuing the full set minus two numbers, 16 and 25. It is assumed these two glass plate negatives were lost or damaged in transit."