You guys, libraries are awesome. In Chicago, they've been through quite a few fights in the past couple of years and they are definitely not giving up, and for good reason.
I think we all know the classic reasons why libraries are important—because they provide jobs, education, after-school activities, increase literacy, etc times infinity—but libraries have been evolving in some pretty awesome ways lately. For example, the New York Public Library has recently gained a LOT of internet attention for their Stereogranimator. Which basically lets you create and share animated gifs and 3D anaglyphs with the help of stereographs from the NYPL's archives.
I personally own a stereograph of Venice that I wish I could scan in and get to move a lil bit like these.
What about you guys, have you found any stereographs at flea markets or antique stores?
I feel like they're such a photograph treasure and what NYPL is doing is just completely awesome. Way to combine something old and something new in such a beautiful way. I wish I could hi-five whoever thought of this.
And speaking of libraries, the Seattle Public Library will always leave me in awe. So colorful and so beautiful.
(all images via the NYPL Stereogranimator)