Anaglyphs

Anaglyph images are used to provide a stereoscopic 3D effect when viewed with 2 colour glasses, usually cyan and red. The images are made up of these two colour layers superimposed but offset to produce a depth effect. This allows the viewer to perceive features in three dimensions, as they were intended to be viewed when the imagery was originally taken.

 

The images in this feature have been rotated so that south is uppermost; this presents a more natural viewpoint, with shadows falling toward the viewer, and shows the areas of greatest relief to best effect.

 

Edinburgh Castle

 

This image of Edinburgh Castle from 23 June 1961 demonstrates the strong natural defences of its clifftop location when viewed in 3D. The castle sits on a volcanic plug, scoured free of the soft rock around it by ice movements during the last Ice Age.

 

Kingston Bridge, Glasgow

 

This image shows the M8 motorway and the approaches to the Kingston Bridge under construction on 17 October 1968. Designed to carry the M8 over the River Clyde, the bridge is a major artery for road traffic in Glasgow.

 

Shipyard, Dalmuir

 

This image of John Brown's shipyard, taken on 7 July 1968, shows the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 being fitted out following her launch the previous year.

 

Rubislaw, Aberdeen

 

Rubislaw quarry in Aberdeen operated from 1740 to 1971 and provided grey granite stone for the majority of Aberdeen's buildings. Viewed in 3D, the depth of the quarry is readily apparent in this image from 22 September 1961.

 

Moehne Dam, Germany

 

The Moehne Dam was the target for an attack by Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron, RAF, on the night of 16/17 May 1943. In the first operational use of 'bouncing bombs', the bombers managed to breach the dam, flooding the valley downstream and causing extensive damage to communications, houses and factories in the Ruhr. Viewed in 3D, the dramatic nature of the breach is readily apparent in this image.

 

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