Aston served as an intelligence officer during World War Two before embarking on a career as an academic.

His collection includes material inherited from Lt A V Kidman, 513 Field Company, Royal Engineers, including one hundred captioned stereoscopic photographs of World War One, mostly relating to the Western Front, 1914-1918.

Stereo photography became popular in the late Victorian period and these cards satisfied a dual purpose as public information and as voyeuristic armchair war tourism. Many of the scenes were sanitised and re-enacted for the cameras.

The cards were issued in sets of one hundred and published by Realistic Travels.

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