Smith Beck & Beck

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Smith Beck & Beck

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[between ca.1859 and ca.1890]


Smith, Beck, and Beck is a photography firm owned by Joseph Beck and known for his patented specially designed stereoscopes, optical instruments and microscopes. This included the Mirror Stereoscope developed in 1859 to view stereo pairs mounted in books. In 1860, the firm produced a box type viewer that folds into its own storage case. A later variation of the box type viewer was the table model designed with compartments built to hold stereo views. The table model was also able raise the viewer to a convenient gazing height. Both of these stereoscopes were extremely popular and sold over a 30 year period.


London, England

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

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