Item 2018.09.02.039 - Revolving stereoscope viewer (Alex Beckers)

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Revolving stereoscope viewer (Alex Beckers)

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  • [ca.1857] (Manufacturing)
    Beckers, Alexander

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : tabletop stereoscope ; 10 photographic images : 3 stereocope cards, 2 tissue stereographs, 10 glass stereographs

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Item is a mahogany table top viewer adorned with doric style pillars. Item has two binocular style viewers on opposing ends. The optical rear eyepiece allows for back to back slide mountings. Inside the object is a revolving metal belt that can be turned by the circular handle on the outside of the viewer. The revolving belt can hold a minimum of 30 stereographs. Within the viewer are 10 stereographs made of glass, tissue and paper with themes ranging from landmarks, landscapes, portraits, and interior decor. Written on item: Alex Beckers New York Patent April 7 1857; March 1 & 29 1859; April 12 1859; Dec. 12 1859.

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Viewer is in great working condition. Some of the glass stereographs have cracks in them.

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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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Jenkins, F. Harold. (1973) Two Points of View. Uniontown, Pennsylvania: E.G. Warman Publishing Inc.

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

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