Item 2018.09.03.014 - Verascope stereo camera (Jules Richard)

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Verascope stereo camera (Jules Richard)

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  • [between 1890 and 1910] (Manufacturing)
    Jules Richard

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1 piece of photographic equipment : stereocamera ; 5 x 10 x 15 cm

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Item is a french metal stereoscopic camera manufactured by Jules Richard. Brand on the back of the camera states that this object was manufactured in Paris, France then retailed through Felix Neumann Photohaus Studio in Austria. Manufactures typically branded studio names to personalize retailer items. This object was considered one of the most successfully designed stereo camera placed on the market during the 20th century. The face of the object has two bioncular lenses to take dual exposures. Camera is made completely of metal including a hinge direct viewfinder on the side, and viewfinder on the top of the camera sitting between the lenses. Lenses are two fixed focus anastigmatic lenses smaller than normal camera lenses with a focal length of 55 mm. Can be opened to f4-5, F8, or F16. The plate box at the back of the camera holds twelve 45 x 107 mm glass negatives. Plates were advanced by a sliding action from a hinged handle. Holder also contains a built-in exposure counter.

Written on object : Verascope BTE S.C.D.G. Brevetes SGDE R.F. Paris Felix Neumann Photohaus Wien I. Michglasses 1

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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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George Eastman Museum (2015). Jules Richard Verascope. Retrieved from URL

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Museum of the History of Science (2018). Recent Acquisitions: Richard Versacope & Taxiphote. Retrieved from URL

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