Item 2018.09.02.141 - Holmes nickle and velvet stereoscopic viewer (unknown)

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Holmes nickle and velvet stereoscopic viewer (unknown)

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : stereoscope ; 1 photographic image : stereograph card ; 33 x 20 x 20

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This item is a Holmes style nickle stereoscope with purple velvet covering the viewer, seated on a pedestal. The body of the item is adorned with floral engravings. Item is compact and collapsible. This object was used to view two nearly identical photographs, or stereographs, as one three dimensional image. The stereograph would be placed in the sliding card holder and adjusted to fit the user's vision until the two images overlap to mimic a three-dimensional effect. Item is able to detach from base and become handheld or remain a tabletop viewer. The silver gelatin stereograph that accompanies this object is of an ancient Egyptian temple produced ca. 1904 by Underwood & Underwood Publishers. Image comes with an explanation about the monument.

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Working condition. Body of object has is showing signs of rusting; velvet on viewer is peeling and has some mould.

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Collected by the late Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass and donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Gail Bass in 2018.


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