Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass Collection
Donated in 2014, the Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass Collection comprises more than 4,000 stereographs and related photographic objects. The Basses collected work by early pioneering photographers including William Notman, George Washington Wilson, and Francis Frith. Martin Bass’s professional background in medicine influenced their interest in collecting objects pertaining to scientific fields such as botany, astronomy, biology, and zoology.
In addition to stereographs, the Bass Collection includes eleven stereoviewers—devices used to view the juxtaposed photographic prints as a single three-dimensional image—including handheld, table, and floor models. The collection features hundreds of rare stereographic objects including glass positives, hand-coloured daguerreotypes, and hand-tinted “hold-to-light” tissue stereographs--some pierced with tiny holes resembing sparkling jewels, stars, lights, or even glowing eyes when lit--as well as related books, educational card sets, and pop photographica.