Starved Rock, Illinois State Park with 2 Views
Microphoto Showing Two Views From Illinois State Park

Starved Rock, Illinois State Park with 2 Views

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Starved Rock, Illinois State Park with 2 Views
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The view shows 2 images of Illinois State Park. The photos are the start of the trail to the top and "Devil's Nose". The images are titled

     SOUVENIR OF STARVED ROCK first line below the view
     ILLINOIS STATE PARK second line below the view
     THE ONLY TRAIL TO TOP below left image
     DEVIL'S NOSE below right image
     MADE IN FRANCE is along the right side.

Interesting Fact-

Starved Rock was named from an old Indian legend. The legend says that in the 1760s there was a tribal council meeting between the Illinois and the Pottawatomie tribes. At this meeting, the head chief of the Illinois tribe stabbed Chief Pontiac. Vengeance arose and a great battle started. Fearing death, some of the Illinois tribe took refuge on the great rock. After many days, the Illinois died of starvation giving this historic park its name; Starved Rock. In the 1890s Daniel Hitt purchased and developed the land for vacationers. In 1966 the park became a national historic landmark.

Antique microphoto glass cliché was made in France in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Each microphoto was made directly on the glass plate. Each 4 inch x 5 inch glass plate was comprised of several hundred of the same microphoto. This larger plate was then hand scored and cut to make the individual photos for use in the manufacturing of stanhopes. Each microphoto cliche is approximately 3mm x 3mm or about an 1/8" square. In most cases we have a few examples of each and as they have been stored for nearly a century, the conditions vary. Some of the cliches may have scratches or other maladies. Because microphotography is very exacting and complex, even the finest made microphotos can have faults. In general, they are very nice and certainly useable for study or could be used for stanhope repairs. They should be considered rare, as such microphotos seldom escaped the stanhope manufacturing workshops. They are a wonderful curiosity and historical artifact.

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