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1856Europe • Great BritainJohn Benjamin Dancer applies for a patent for a stereoscopic camera (patent 2064, applied for: 1856-09-05, granted: 1857-02-27), allowing both images to be taken at the same time. Sets of stereographs quickly become popular.
1856North America • CanadaWilliam Notman commences his stereographic photographs of the city of Montreal.
1856North America • USA 
Wooden box of Melainotype Plates for Neff's Patent, 19th Feb, 1856 
1856, 19 February
Neff's Patent for Melainotype plates. (19 February 1856)
1857Europe • Great BritainPhotography by Lady Elizabeth Eastlake is published in the London Quarterly Review.
1857Europe • Great Britain 
Oscar Gustave Rejlander
Two Ways of Life 
Queen Victoria purchases the allegorical photomontage The Two Ways of Life by Oscar Gustave Rejlander at the Art Treasures Exhibition in Manchester. [Read about]
1857North America • USA 
Alexander Beckers of New York City patented a stereo-viewer on April 7, 1857. It had a revolving mechanism which allowed multiple views of different types to be inspected sequentially by turning a knob. 
Alexander Beckers of New York City patents a stereo-viewer with a revolving mechanism which allows multiple views of different types to be inspected sequentially by turning a knob. (7 April 1857)
1858Europe • France 
Honoré Daumier
NADAR élevant la Photographie à la hauteur de l'Art. [NADAR elevating Photography to Art.] 
1862, 25 May
Nadar takes the first aerial photograph from a balloon over Paris.
1858North America • USAWilliam & Frederick Langenheim publish their American Stereographic Views.
1858Europe • Great Britain 
Charles Piazzi Smyth
Illustration from Teneriffe - An Astronomer's Experiment, by C. Piazzi Smyth. 
The first book illustrated with original stereographs is published in London. The book by the astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth is Teneriffe, an Astronomer's experiment: or, specialities of a residence above the clouds.
1859Europe • FranceOn Photography, a section of Charles Baudelaire’s review of the annual Salon, fiercely condemns the medium.
1859Europe • UKpatents the first Panoramic Camera, appropriately called "The Sutton". The camera was at first produced by F. Cox and later by Thomas Ross (London). Thomas Sutton
1859Europe • FranceA group of artists and photographers, including Eugène Delacroix, Francis Wey and Gustave Le Gray succeed in getting photography included in the 1859 Paris Salon but the photography section has a separate entrance.
1859North America • USA 
Silsbee, Case & Co.
[Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-94] 
1860 (ca)
Oliver Wendell Holmes lauds “The Stereoscope and the Stereograph” in The Atlantic Monthly. He is the first to use the term stereograph.
1859North America • USABlondin crosses the Niagara Falls on a tightrope and is photographed by William England for the London Stereoscopic Co. The stereocard becomes the most popular they ever published selling over 100,000 copies.
1859Europe • FranceEmperor Napoleon III of France departing for the Austro-Sardinian War in Italy with his army stops at the studio of André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri to have his portrait taken. Although Disderi had the patent for carte-de-visite from 1854 this incident creates the publicity for a craze for photographic visiting cards that sweeps across the world. Whilst this makes for a good story that is often repeated subsequent research indicates that it is probably false. (May 1859)
1860North America • MexicoDésiré Charnay publishes Album fotografico Mexicano with twenty five photographs detailing his studies of Mayan ruins.
1860Europe • Great Britain 
J.E. Mayall
The Queen and Prince Consort 
John Jabez Edwin Mayall takes portraits of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children which encourages the collecting of photographic cards of celebrities. (May 1860)
1860North America • USA 
James Wallace Black
Aerial view of Boston 
1860, 13 October
James Wallace Black took an aerial photograph of Boston, MA, USA. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert O. Dougan Collection, Gift of Warner Communications Inc., 1981 (1981.1229.4) (13 October 1860)
1861Europe • Italian states 
Eugène Sevaistre
La batteria Presidio (o Cappelletti) [Gaeta, Italy] 
1860-1861 (ca)
Eugène Sevaistre uses a stereoscopic camera to obtain a faster exposure during the siege of Gaeta (near Naples) during the war between the King of Naples, Francesco II Borbone and the Kingdom of Sardinia.
1861North America • USAThe earliest two patent applications for a photo album in the US were by F.R. Grumel, Geneva, Switzerland on May 14 1861 followed by H.T. Anthony (of E. & H.T. Anthony) and Frank Phoebus with another application for an album on May 28th 1861. (14 May 1861)

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