Hell In 3D, From 1860s Paris

comboA strange find from nineteenth-century Paris, a miniaturized version of Hell photographed in 3D, promising rewards for sinners in the underworld. Via Cine-graphics:

In the opening lines of his 1978 publication, Diableries: La Vie Quotidienne Chez Satan, Jac Remise relates how a crew of demolition workers in Paris discovered a mysterious wooden box hidden in the ruins of a condemned building. The box, which had been wrapped with old military belts, was found to contain a collection of photographs depicting a hedonistic world filled with drunken devils, sinister skeletons and scantily clad women. An anonymous note found buried among the glass images added:

“This is the work of my life, it is thus that I dreamed of Hell. If my visions are true, then the wicked may rest assured, the afterlife will be sweet for them to bear.”

What the demolition workers discovered that day was a series of photographs known as Les Diableries, The Diabolical. Each scene in the series was composed of an elaborate diorama sculpted out of plaster and clay and embellished with miniature props. Created in Paris during the 1860s, the series was printed in the form of stereoscopic transparencies which, when viewed with special lenses, produced a mesmerizing 3D effect.

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8 Responses to Hell In 3D, From 1860s Paris

  1. Chaorder Gradient September 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    In other news: 3d technology! Not so new after all

  2. Chaorder Gradient September 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    In other news: 3d technology! Not so new after all

  3. robertpinkerton September 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Christians and Muslims conceive of Hell as a crematorium. This makes it easy for really foul governments (e.g.: Including but not limited to the Soviet Union and the Hitler regime in Germany) to “play God” by torturing to death someone who has incurred their particular disfavor by burning the poor soul alive.

  4. Anonymous September 17, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Christians and Muslims conceive of Hell as a crematorium. This makes it easy for really foul governments (e.g.: Including but not limited to the Soviet Union and the Hitler regime in Germany) to “play God” by torturing to death someone who has incurred their particular disfavor by burning the poor soul alive.

  5. Haystack September 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    Did you have one of these? 

    http://www.3dimages.co.uk/gallery/d/862-2/ViewMaster_red_with_reel.jpg

  6. Chaorder Gradient September 20, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    I think the better question is: did anyone NOT have one of those?

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