*This April Fool stereo card is too perfect not to reuse for the day!
I am always looking for images from our collection that relate to an approaching date. When I came across this stereo card some time ago I said to myself, "Self, that would be a good card for April 1st!" Of course the trick was to find it since our stereo card collection did not come through the move in sorted and labeled order. I did find it and here it is.
This card is titled on the back "No. 348. First day of April -:- Photographed and APublished by C.H. Shute & Son, Edgartown, Mass."
Three young boys hide behind a wall on a "street" that is a rather naive painted background. I wonder if this was one of Mr. Shute & Son's regular backgrounds or if it was painted for this card or a series of cards. It seems rather elaborate for a one time use. A wallet lies on the sidewalk with a string running under the wall. A woman, hidden by a cape and bonnet bends over to pick it up. Only her hand is visible so I wonder if she was not eager to be identified with the jest. One boy holds the string, one holds up a hand to gesture for the right moment, and the third covers his mouth to muffle his giggles. This was probably considered very funny in 1876.
I am posting a detail as well.