Beckers, Alexander

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Beckers, Alexander

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  • Alexander Beckers
  • Alex Beckers

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[between ca. 1860 and ca.1880]


German/American photographer and manufacturer of stereoscopes. Inventor of the Beckers Viewer, a table top stereoscope that would allow two users to view stereoviews at the same time. Alexander Beckers patented the chain type viewer, an internal chain made of fabric and designed to revolve multiple stereoviews. Later models carried metal chain belts to accommodate heavier stereoviews such as glass transparencies that required more support. This chain type viewer would be adopted by other manufactures who were also producing larger, table-top stereoscopes. The chain belts revolved stereoviews from a self-operated handle. Many standing chain type viewers carried 200 stereoviews. On November 26, 1857 Louis Beckers, Alexander's brother, received a French Patent that increased the number of viewers made throughout the twentieth-century. Ultimately, raising the popularity of a Beckers stereoscope. Beckers tall French design floor-model viewer showed at the 1862 London Exposition


Germany ; America ; France

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Richman, Jeff (2011, September 20). Collecting For Our Museum (Hopefully). Retrieved from URL

Wing, Paul (1996) Stereoscopes: The First One Hundred Years. Nashua, New Hampshire: Transition Publishing.

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