An intrepid observer meets with a mishap, 1916 (c).

An intrepid observer meets with a mishap and makes a hurried descent’, 1916 (c). Observers were carried in baskets or containers underneath their balloons. They were responsible for intelligence gathering and artillery spotting. The balloons were usually heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns and fighter aircraft, but sometimes the observers had to use their parachutes when their balloons were attacked. From a collection of ninety-six stereoscopic photographs in box two of two entitled ‘The Great War’ including the official series. With stereoscopic viewer. Stereographs consist of two identical photographs paired in such a way that when seen through a special viewing instrument, a stereoscope, they appear as a three-dimensional images. By 1899 the photographs were mounted on thick card that was given a slight curvature to increase the illusion of depth. Associated with World War One, Western Front (1914-1918).