Item 2018.09.02.100 - Saturnscope stereoscope viewer (James M. Davis)

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Saturnscope stereoscope viewer (James M. Davis)

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  • [ca.1895] (Distribution)
    Davis, James M.
    Washington Place

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : 18 x 33 x 15 cm.

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This item is a handheld wooden Holmes style stereoscope. The viewer hood is lined with red velvet. Slide holder is adjustable and handle bends back onto viewer. 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.

Written on object : The Saturnscope James M. Davis SI. Washington Place, N.Y.U.S.A. Sole Agent Patented U.S.A. Oct.15. 1895., Canada FebY.1. 1896. France B.S.G.D.G. France Britain Germany Austria and Belgium.

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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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