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H.C. White Co.



  • Existence: 1874 - 1915

Administrative History

The H.C. White Company (1874-1915) was a manufacturer of stereoscopes, optical instruments, and stereo-view and was based in Bennington, Vermont.

Hawley C. White started the H.C. White Company in 1874 to manufacture stereoscopes, cameras, and other optical instruments. It later mass-produced stereo-views and photographs using unique machines developed by White, which could automatically prepare, expose, develop, fix, wash, cut, and mount photographic prints. In 1907, the company moved into a large factory, which was able to produce about 15,000 stereo-views per day. Stereo-views produced by the H.C. White Company were notable for having lengthy, informative text on the backs sides.

The company produced some 13,000 titles with wide coverage, including 40 boxed sets. They also produced less-expensive, lithographed versions of their photographic views. The company was closed in 1915 when White retired. The stock of negatives was purchased by Keystone View Company.

The Yellowstone Stereoview Page, via WWW, July 5, 2017 (started in 1874 manufacturing high-quality stereoscopes and optical instruments; utilized an automated assembly line for exposing, developing, fixing, washing, cutting, and mounting photographic prints; built a large factory in 1907, which could produce about 15,000 views per day; stereo-views were notable for having lengthy, informative text on the back of the view; company developed about 13,000 titles with world-wide coverage; created 40 boxed sets; produced less-expensive lithographed versions of their photographic views; in 1915, White retired and closed the factory; upon closing down the factory, negatives were bought by the Keystone View Company; based in Bennington, VT).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Collection of travel stereographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227654826]
Identifier: MSS 5984
Scope and Contents

Contains 17 stereoviews of places in Europe and the United States. Places include Oregon, Arizona, California, Illinois, Washington D.C., Athens (Greece), St. Louis (Missouri), Norway, Moscow (Russia), England, Germany. Fourteen of the stereoviews were published by the H.C. White Co.; two were published by Richard Behrendt and one was published by B.W. Kilburn.

Dates: approximately 1893-1905