The disappearance of glaciers in the 21st century is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. As the global climate continues to warm, glaciers around the world are melting at an alarming rate. 

The photographs of glaciers from the 19th century serve as important historical records and documents of a rapidly changing landscape.

Edit. Schröder & Co., Zurich, 1890s, 301. Grindelwald Grotte du Glacier 


Anonymous c. 1900, Hikers on the Mont Blanc. 2232. Glacier des Bossons. Photogravure

Photochrom Zurich, c. 1905, Pasterzenabsturz - Grossglockner

Photolithographic print

A.G. Landreth, c. 1913, Niagara Falls in winter

Silverbromide printing-out-paper

Underwood & Underwood, 1897, The ascent of Jungfrau—crossing the glacier

Albumen print stereoview

A. Gabler, c. 1890s, Grindelwald, Grotte du glacier inférieur - Vues de la Suisse et d‘Italie

Collotype stereoview

J. Unterrainer, 1890s, Venedigerspitze

Cabinet card

H.C. White, 1904, Difficulties of mountain climbing—Crevasse in Elliot Glacier, Mt. Hood, Oregon, U.S.A. Collodion paper stereoview

From Russian education set, Moscow, 1910, Eis-Spalten, Tatrageb. / Crevasses, Tatra Mountain Range.

Gelatin silver stereoview

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