Your money's worth of juicy fruit, at a stand on Chandni Chouk (Silver Street), Delhi, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of a fruit seller's stall in Delhi, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from an album entitled 'The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India'. This image is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope (1907), "We are, as the map shows, in the heart of the native city; this region always presents a bustling scene of native business activity...Here we must content ourselves with giving a little attention to the subject of fruit...Those little bananas are known as "lady-fingers." They are sweet, juicy and well-flavoured, and are found at every meal on every European table in India, delicious and as wholesome as apples. The large fruit on the right is a species of musk-melon, found in nearly every country." This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. They were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was really 'touring' around India. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results.