Microphoto Showing Two Views From Royal Gorge
Microphoto Showing Two Views From Royal Gorge

Souvenir of Royal Gorge with 2 Views

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Souvenir of Royal Gorge with 2 Views
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The view is 2 souvenir images of Royal Gorge. The photos are The Incline Railway of Royal Gorge and Royal Gorge and the bridge spanning the top of the Gorge. The bridge was constructed in six months between June 5, 1929, and late November 1929. It cost $350,000. It held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001. The railway is one of the world's steepest railways with an incline of 1,550 feet at a 45 degree angle. It is located near Canon City, Colorado. The images are titled

     SOUVENIR OF ROYAL GORGE at the bottom of the view
     INCLINE RAILWAY ROYAL GORGE below left image
     ROYAL GORGE AND BRIDGE below right image
     MADE IN FRANCE is along the right side of the view

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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