Stereoscopy is a technique to create the illusion or perception of depth when viewing stereoscopic images. Today we call it 3D, but the technique is more than 175 years old. After the presentation of the first stereoscope in 1838, it experienced two waves of popularity before the Second World War.
This website is dedicated to the early history of stereoscopy in Europe. It focuses on the themes of war, erotics and early colour photography. The story is told through items from André Ruiter’s antique collection.
- Kilburn’s folding stereoscope
- The Sweetheart Viewer
- Dioptichrome by Dufay
- Zeiss Jena stereoscope
- Hemdé autochrome and invoice
- Stereo tintype