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These pages are a collection of odd pictures
and trivia about llamas.

(They are not for sale, they are simply for your entertainment.)

Llama Stereoviews

Stereoview picture of llamas
A stereoview photograph of some llamas in Cerro de Pasco, Peru.
It dates between 1900 and 1920.

Try this!
If you hold up an antique stereo viewer, like the one shown on the left below, against the screen
you will be able to see the Cerro de Pasco picture in three dimensions!
There are also inexpensive viewers available like the one on the right below.

Stereoscopic viewer Stereoscopic viewer

Handheld viewers like this are available for $1.95

The write-up on the back of the card above says:
    Cerro de Paso is built over a silver mine
and there are hundreds of silver and copper
mines in the mountains around it. It is sit-
uated about 14,000 feet above the sea in the
bleakest part of the Andes, back of Lima,
near the central western part of Peru. The
town lies in a basin surrounded by barren
rocks. Cero de Pasco is thought to be the
crater of an extinct volcano. Though the town
is is surrounded by great mineral wealth, it is,
like most mining towns, very unattractive.
    Almost all of the freight in this district is
carried on llamas, these little pack animals of
the Andes. The llama is one of the aristo-
crats among quadrupeds. Notice his appear-
ance: he has a camel’s hair, a sheep’s body
and the feet and legs of a deer. From the
sole of his hoof to the top of his head he
measures about three feet. The llama carries

his burden with a proud air and when he sees
anything new he pricks up his ears like a skye-
terrier. He will carry only so much, his usual
load being one hundred pounds. If the In-
dians put on more he does not cry or groan
as the camel does, but calmly kneels down
and waits until the load is lightened.
    Llamas are gentle when well treated. They
seem fond of their Indian masters. The men
are also fond of the llamas; they pet and talk
to them as if they were human beings. When
on a journey they always walk beside the
beasts, stopping to let the animals graze from
time to time. The Indian women spin the
fleece of the llama into wool and weave it into
cloth. it is rather coarse but serves to make
the ponchos or blanket cloaks and rough dress
worn by the average native.
Copyright by The Keystone View Company
Stereoview picture of pack train
This stereo picture is titled
“Pack Train of Llamas, Unique Andean Beasts of Burden,
with Indian Driver, Cerro de Pasco, Peru”.

The write-up on the back is very similar to the previous stereoview.

This photo was also published in the February, 1907 issue
of the National Geographic Magazine in a story about Ecuador.

Stereoview picture of church and llama
This stereo picture is titled
“Famous Copacabana Church near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia — Llama in Foreground, So. Am.”

However, on the back of the card it says that the church is in Peru.
(My atlas shows Copacabana just over the border in Bolivia.)

Also on the back is a little blurb about the llama:

In the foreground you see a llama.
It belongs to the camel family. Its color
is usually white, but it sometimes has a brown
or black spots on it, and occasionally a brown
or black one is seen. It is the principal pack
animal in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia.
It is a sure of foot as a goat, yet large enough
to carry a load of 100 lbs. If it is too heavily
loaded it will kneel down and refuse to move
until part of the burden is removed. Great trains
of them carry ore from the mines to the coast,
and bring back loads of manufactured goods.

1907 Peruvian Town Scene, Llamas & Horses
This stereoview from 1907 is titled “Llamas, famous Andean beasts of burden, at Cerro de Pasco, Peru.”

Highland Dwellers of South America
A stereoview by Keystone View Company titled
“Llamas, the Pack Animals of the Highland Dwellers of South America.”

The write-up on the back of the card says:
    Before Christopher Columbus discov-
ered America the Indians had no horses.
They used dogs as beasts of burden. In
South America, the Indians of the Andes
Mountains used llamas. So there were
only two animals in all the New World
to help man with his burdens. The llama
is still carrying the burdens of man.
    The llama is a cousin of the camel. It
has a head like a camel. The body of the
llama is like that of a sheep. Its feet
and legs are like those of a deer. It is
the father llama that carries the bur-
dens. It can carry only about a hundred
pounds. If its master puts on more than
the llama can carry, it will calmly kneel

down. Then it will wait until the load
is made lighter. The llama will not cry
out or groan as does the camel. the
llama can travel only about twelve miles
in a day. From the mother llama the
Indians get milk. The Indian women
use the wool fleece of the llama. They
weave this into cloth. It is not fine cloth.
The blankets these men are wearing are
made of llama wool.
    Llamas are gentle beasts if they are
well treated. They seem to be fond of
their Indian masters. The Indians are
fond of the llamas, too. They make pets
of the llamas. They will talk to their
llama pets like you talk to your pets.
When on a journey the Indian master
will walk beside his llamas.
Copyright by The Keystone View Company

1906 Packtrain of donkeys and llamas
A 1906 stereoview titled “Packtrain of donkeys and llamas, Arequipa, Peru.”

Stereoview of Llamas in Cerro de Pasco
A stereoview titled “Llamas, mountain cousins of the camel,
resting between weary journeys. Cerro de Pasco, Peru.”

Stereoview of Llamas in Cerro de Pasco
A stereoview titled “Llamas resting between mountain journeys at Cerro de Pasco, Peru.”

Fairmont Park, Zoo, Llama
A llama in the Fairmont Park Zoo in Philadelphia by Webster & Albee of Rochester, New York.

Stuffed llama, 1904
A stereoview by Underwood & Underwood, 1904, titled:
Primitive Methods of Carrying Freight and Passengers —
Transportation Building — World’s Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.

The exhibit includes a stuffed llama, a sheep, and a goat,
along with horses and donkeys with their baskets.

Part of the text on the back of the card follows:

There are nearly sixteen acres of ground space under this one roof,
occupied by exhibits showing the devices men have thought out for moving
themselves and the things they need, from one part of the earth to another.
Naturally, most of the exhibits show the very latest ideas,
but it gives some space also to comparison of the new
with such primitive ideas as you see here. The stuffed beast
with the long neck is the South American llama laden with wicker panniers,
— in many regions he still represents our own fast freight trains!

Stereoview picture of llamas in Bolivia
Paul Rose of Roseland Llamas in the UK has a nice selection of “lamarabilia”
and has kindly given us permission to use this stereoview
which is from their collection.

It is titled “Llamas, the pack camels of the Andes, awaiting
cargoes outside a brewery, La Paz, Bolivia.”

I recently obtained the copy of this stereoview
published by Realistic Travels - Publishers,
of London, Capetown and several other blurred places.
It is shown below.

Stereoview picture of llamas in Chile
Not mentioning the brewery or Bolivia,
the caption on this stereoview is a not-so-realistic one . . .

“Llamas, whose hair forms a variety of wool called
alpaca, a native of the Peru and Chili mountains.”

More stereoviews of llamas

If you don’t have a viewer to see the 3-D stereoviews pictured above,
we have converted them to anaglyph format on a separate page
so that they can be seen by using a set of red/blue anaglyph glasses.

Anaglyph glasses
If you don’t have any of these glasses lying around,
you can get a set of free anaylph glasses
by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to this 3-D supply company.

There are also anaglyph glasses in some issues of magazines
that you might have lying around such as
the August 1998 National Geographic or the winter issue of Sports Illustrated.

We have some colour stereo pictures of some of our llamas as well as
some 3-D pictures taken around the farm plus some stereo llama hiking pictures.

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