Microphoto Showing Pillars of Hercules in Colorado
Microphoto Showing Pillars of Hercules in Colorado

Pillars of Hercules - South Cheyenne Canyon, CO

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Pillars of Hercules - South Cheyenne Canyon, CO
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The view shows the Pillars of Hercules rock formations at South Cheyenne Canyon, CO.. The Pillars of Hercules are steep cliffs that rise to 940 feet on the right side and 790 feet on the left. They are only 41 feet wide at the narrowest point. This spot has been a well known tourist spot since the late 1800's. The photo is titled

     PILLARS OF HERCULES below the image
     SO. CHEYENNE CANON COLO. at the bottom of the view(The word canyon is misspelled)
     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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