Step 1 — Artifact analysis
- Give a physical description of the object itself.
- What is its size?
- What does it appear to be made of?
- What is on its surface?
- What is written on it and printed on the reverse side?
- What color are the images?
- Describe what is pictured in the image.
- How many people are there?
- Give an estimate of their ages
- What are they doing?
- What activities are they engaged in?
- Where are they looking?
- What assumption might you make about their relationship to each other?
- How are these people dressed?
- What do you notice about their clothing?
- Describe the room and its furnishings.
- What items do you see in the background center and on the right?
- What is on the floor?
- What furniture and other items do you notice?
- What is the condition of the furniture and other items in the room?
- Use of the artifact:
- What do you think people would have done with this artifact?
- Where might it have been used?
- Who might use it?
- How is technology different today? What would replace this artifact in our society now?
- If a “family portrait" was being made of your family, where would it be taken (in your house; outside; in a favorite family place)? Who would be in the portrait? What would we see in the background and foreground? How would your family dress? Would anyone be holding an object or item? If so, what would it be? Where would you be looking? What “message’ would your family portrait give to those viewing it?
- Sketch a “vision”of your family portrait.
American Antiquarian Society, http://www.americanantiquarian.org/stereographs.htmDarrah, William Culp, Stereo Views:· A History of Stereographs in America and their Collection, PA, William Culp Darrah, 1964.
Jenkins, Harold F., Two Points of View: History of the Parlour Stereoscope, E.G. Warman, Pub. Inc., PA, 1973.
Print&Photographs OnLine Catalog-Civil War Photographs, http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/cwphtml/cspstereos.html
Searles, Paul, Two Vermonts:· Geography and Identity, 1965-1910, Durham, NH, University of New Hampshire Press, 2006.
Severa, Joan L., Dressed for the Photographer, Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900. Kent State University Press, OH, 1995.
Lesson plan and commentary by
Janet T. Shadroui
Spaulding High School