I had hoped to share a sporting image here on the blog while the Summer Olympics were going on in Tokyo, but the two weeks went by so fast that I didn’t manage it. Since today is the day after the Olympics, it seems appropriate to share a stereoview titled After the Regatta. Published by the Kilburn Brothers Stereoscopic View Company in Littleton, New Hampshire, the photograph was probably taken around 1870 by Benjamin West Kilburn (1827-1909). Numbered 1003 in a series, the location isn’t identified, but the Smithsonian has another example of the stereograph with the location Woods Hole written in pencil on the back. That’s probably accurate, as No. 1001 in the series is titled Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and No. 1002 is titled The Regatta.
The young women in the rowboat in the foreground are posed mid-stroke, creating an illusion of motion. In reality, everyone in the composition is holding still in order to remain in focus. The only things actually moving are two American flags: a large one on land and a smaller one in the women’s boat.
The scene looks so tranquil and idyllic. Wouldn’t you like to be there, if only for an hour or two?
The same women’s boat can also be seen in No. 1002, The Regatta.