Mackenstein hand-held stereoscope

A deluxe Mackenstein hand-held stereoscope with a burr walnut finish for 8,5x17cm stereoviews. The viewer is suitable for paper card stereoviews and glass slides. The lenses can be focussed and the distance between the lenses is adjustable. It emphasises the luxury of the viewer, because interocular adjustment is not a common feature for hand-held viewers.… Continue reading Mackenstein hand-held stereoscope

Stéréo-classeur Hemdé – Série II

The Stéréo-classeur Série II is a stereoscope for 6x13cm glass stereoviews, manufactured by Hemdé from Lille. The Série II stereoscopes were intended for stereo formats larger than 45x107mm. In addition to 6x13cm, the devices were also available in the formats 8,5x17cm, 7x15cm, 9x14cm and 10x15cm[1]. The last three formats are remarkable because these stereoview formats… Continue reading Stéréo-classeur Hemdé – Série II

Collection La Stéréoscopie Universelle

Glass stereoviews with images of the First World War are not rare, but a complete set of an original purchase with its documents is rare. This collection consists of a wooden box with two hundred slides in the 6x13cm format, a hand-held stereoscope, the original invoice and two catalogs. The stereoviews are published by La… Continue reading Collection La Stéréoscopie Universelle

Mackenstein “Francia” № 4

The “Francia” № 4 is a versatile camera manufactured by Mackenstein from Paris. The camera can take both stereo and panorama photos. With the name “La Francia”, Mackenstein wanted to emphasize that his company was French, which was necessary given his German heritage and the anti-German sentiments following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. The Francias,… Continue reading Mackenstein “Francia” № 4

Jougla Omnicolore

Jougla Omnicolore is a lesser known colour process based on an invention by Louis Ducos du Hauron and industrialised by Jougla. It was introduced in 1907[1-p.80], the same year as the Autochrome Lumière process. Louis Ducos du Hauron (1837-1920) was an inventor and one of the early pioneers in the search for colour photography. The… Continue reading Jougla Omnicolore


The Platoscope is a basic stereocamera that was made by an unknown manufacturer and sold by Photo-Plait. The camera was introduced during the First World War as a “sensational novelty”[1]. With its products and services, Photo-Plait focused on the soldiers at the front. The Platoscope was promoted with the slogan “for the soldier and the… Continue reading Platoscope

Ernemann Heag XV

The Heag series of folding cameras were produced between 1900 and 1926 by Ernemann from Dresden. The abbreviation Heag stands for Heinrich Ernemann Actien Gesellschaft. Most of the cameras in the Heag series were designed for glass plates. The cameras could be completely folded so they were easy to carry and the lenses and shutter… Continue reading Ernemann Heag XV

Wünsche Reicka

The Reicka is a folding plate stereo camera developed by Emil Wünsche from Dresden. The camera supports 10x15cm glass plate negatives and filmpacks. Emil Wünsche started a photography store in 1887 with the name Bedarfsartikel für Fach- und Amateurphotographen in Dresden. He sold rebranded cameras of Hüttig and products from the companies he acquired earlier. From 1896… Continue reading Wünsche Reicka

Ernemann Heag IV

The Heag IV is a large folding plate stereo camera developed by Heinrich Ernemann from Dresden. The camera supports 9x18cm glass plates as well as filmpacks. The abbreviation Heag stands for Heinrich Ernemann Actien Gesellschaft and was used for a series of folding cameras and stereo cameras. The Heag IV was produced between c.1908 and… Continue reading Ernemann Heag IV

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