Before film, the most popular medium for photos were daguerreotypes, tin types, and cartes de visite. Daguerrotypes and tintypes could rarely be duplicated, but with the creation of cartes de visite, photos could be reproduced on a scale never seen before. Out of the three cameras on display, one belonged to Humboldt county’s very own A.W. Ericson who began his photography journey in 1879.
Another style of photography was the stereogram which was announced in 1851. It was a surface that held two slightly different images side by side, and when inserted in the stereoscope, the viewer would see the two 2D images become one 3D image. This photography style continued into modern times, and today the most popular example is the View-Master.