An early (I believe the earliest) J.P. Wilson diorama at the American Museum of Natural History
Between 1912 and 1965 this zoo occupied what is now a picnic area in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. The scenographic enclosures are now available for anyone to enter. They are arranged along the lower edge of a small escarpment, to be viewed from below. They are serviced from above, with a series of protected tunnels allowing the keepers to feed the animals. I will post some pictures of these and some of the other infrastructure (that was hidden above the enclosure) in my next post. The Zoo moved to a larger site in the park.
A rhino group from the L.A. Natural History Museum.
See the post before last for advice on how to resolve stereo image
Another one from Los Angeles. The reflections on the glass hover when the stereoscopic view. It is hard to see if the reflected dioramas can also register in 3D, but the right hand one appears that way.
If you view it stereoscopically (check back to some previous 3D images for guidance) the leaves create quite a pleasing depth and the background painting again reveals itself as a surface.
The ostrich group at the top looks so three dimensional in 2D but when seen in 3D (stereoscopically) it looks so flat
A couple more dioramas from Los Angeles
Some more stereo views of the dioramas at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The Walrus group is a popular subject for dioramas. There is a beautiful one at the American Museum of Natural History with a background painting by Francis Lee Jaques. When a taxidermist took me round the dioramas at the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen the thing he was most proud of was the representation of excrement on the show and ice. The natural history museum in Stockholm has a similar fascination with faeces. Such polution clearly made much less of an impression on the American surveys, for in both examples the snow is a pure white.