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Stereoscope Stereo Viewer - Wood and Metal / Unmarked / Military Green
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Stereoscope Stereo Viewer - Wood and Metal / Unmarked / Military Green
Stereoscope Stereo Viewer - Wood and Metal / Unmarked / Military Green
Stereoscope Stereo Viewer - Wood and Metal / Unmarked / Military Green
Stereoscope Stereo Viewer - Wood and Metal / Unmarked / Military Green
Stereoscope Stereo Viewer - Wood and Metal / Unmarked / Military Green

In the late 1800's, and continuing well into the early 1900's, the Stereoscope or Stereopticon, provided great family entertainment. They were actually the forerunner of the ViewMaster and reels that many of us grew up with. Everything from travel slides, museum pictures, military photos, multi-slide scenarios, and religious depictions were made into Stereoviews and offered for sale.

These Stereoscopes produced what appeared to be 3-Dimensional images, when one looked through the lenses. The slides that were placed in the viewer consisted of two apparently identical pictures placed side by side on the cardboard backing. In reality, the two pictures were slightly different, as if the camera was moved a fraction to one side for the second picture. What this does is simulate the way our left and right eye sees something differently, because of the spacing between our eyes. (Try covering one eye and then switch to the other, and see how the object seems to have moved.) When the slide is viewed through the Stereoscope, the flat pictures seem to come to life and the scene appears 3-Dimensional.

This Stereoscope is a bit of a puzzlement to us. It bears absolutely no markings to indicate its vintage or manufacturer. To further complicate its identification, it is an unusual military green color with only the lens frames and inner side of the viewing shield being black. Most stereoviewers we have encountered have been of natural wood and shiny metal. This viewer is made of a wood frame with a metal curved viewing shield, embossed with beadlike dots. It does not appear that it ever had the soft felt binding on the edges. It lacks the graceful pivoting handle in favor of a simple finger-thumb clip. It appears to be a very utilitarian version of the fashionable viewers that graced family libraries, thus our speculation that it could have been used in some way by the military. We have seen war related stereoview cards. The condition of this Stereoscope is very good with no damage that we can find. The lenses are very clear and securely mounted.

We have both Stereoscopes and a number of Stereoviews (the official name for the picture slides) offered on our site, and will be adding many more views. If you are looking for a certain category, please inquire by clicking on our Contact tab.

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