Beauty and the Beast

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This image is one of a pair of stereoscopic photographs produced by the London Stereoscopic Company. Viewed with its other half through a stereoscope, the image would have appeared three dimensional and very lifelike. The stereo card craze swept across Europe and the US from the mid 1850s to the early 1900s

A sleeping child leans against the flanks of a stuffed lion. (Photograph: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

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