[EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY - STEREOVIEWS]. PLATT, A.C., photographer. A group of 7 stereoviews of Western Lake Erie views, incl. Kelley's Island Glacial Grooves, Honeycomb Rock, and Marblehead Lighthouse. Sandusky, OH, [ca 1870s-1880s].

7 x 3 1/2 in. stereoviews on cardstock mounts picturing features of the Lake Erie island region, including 5 stereoviews of the glacial grooves on Kelley’s Island before their destruction by quarrying. The glacially carved grooves found on this Island were the among the world’ finest examples of such formations. Beginning about 18,000 years ago, ice created in the Late Wisconsin Glacial Period carved the Great Lakes Basin and covered the land to the Ohio River. As the mile-high ice passed over Kelleys Island, boulders pushed by the glacier gouged massive grooves in the island’s soft limestone bedrock. In the 19th Century, quarrying of the limestone was begun on the island. Unfortunately, many of the magnificent grooved glacial remnants pictured in the stereos were soon obliterated.

Today, on Kelleys Island, a small State Park is all that remains of the island’s many grooves. The park’s groove is studied by geologists, scientists, and tourists from the world over. Fortunately, Alfred Platt, a local photographer, captured stereo images of other grooves before their destruction.

Platt also produced the early stereo of the Marblehead Lighthouse on Catawba Point, Ohio, that is included included in this listing. It is photographed mid-channel across from Kelleys Island. Authorized in 1819, the lighthouse was finished in 1822 and is one of the oldest on the lakes.

The seventh stereoview is of “Honey Comb Rock,” a large fossilized limestone formation, shown before it too became a victim of quarrying.

Alfred Cowles Platt (b.1828), a professional photographer, produced the stereos following his move to Sandusky, Ohio, in 1865 when he began recording area wonders. The above stereoviews were a part of his series titled “The Isles of Lake Erie, Put-In-Bay and Vicinity,” made in the 1870s-1880s. Clayton M. Platt, his son, continued the family business after his father’s death in 1884. 

Together, 7 stereoviews, some with toning, scattered stains, and edge/corner wear to mounts.

Estimate: $100 - $150
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