Diableries are fascinating stereo cards, which were made exclusively in France, beginning in the 1860s, and continuing on until around 1900. The cards, called ‘Diableries’ (which translates roughly as ‘Devilments’) depict a whole imaginary underworld, populated by devils, satyrs and skeletons which are very much alive and, for the most part, having fun. The cards are works of art in themselves, and are known as FRENCH TISSUES, constructed in a special way to enable them to be viewed (in a stereoscope) illuminated from the front, for a normal ‘day’ appearance in monochrome, or illuminated from the back, transforming the view into a ‘night’ scene, in which hidden colours magically appear, and the eyes of the skeletons leap out in red, in a most macabre way ! Collectors prize these cards, which are quite delicate, and must be handled with care, in order not to damage them.
An exhibition has been created at the Gallery on the Green, to showcase a recent collection produced by the eminent photohistorian Dennis Pellerin, Paula Fleming, the American Photographic expert, late of the Smithsonian Institution, and Brian May. The book is called DIABLERIES, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell.
The exhibition runs until 15th December 2013.
To see some of our past exhibitions please got to the online gallery page.