Paris, France
By Charles Platiau

Editor’s Note: The animated images in this blog are made from stereoscopic glass plates taken during World War One.

Stereoscopic photography uses two images seen together through a special viewer, creating a picture that looks almost three dimensional.

The images here are produced using a GIF file that rapidly repeats the left and right stereoscopic plate, in order to give a 3D effect, without having the original viewer.

It seems like most French families have relatives who fought in World War One, and lots of them also have photographs or other relics from the 1914-1918 conflict.

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Now that we are in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the fighting, we Reuters journalists are on the lookout for this archive material so that we can provide our clients with greater insight into the war.