Item 2018.09.02.051 - Wooden pedestal stereoscope viewer

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Wooden pedestal stereoscope viewer

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2018.09.02.051

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  • [ca.1863] (Manufacturing)

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : stereoscope ; 34 x 14 x 34 cm

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Item is a wooden Holmes style stereoscope attached to a pedestal. Stereoscope viewer is made of cardboard and lined with velvet. Viewer is able to bend at the base.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.

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One of the lenses is coming out, velvet is worn and viewer has several cracks

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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.

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