Planox Stéréoscope Magnétique

The Planox stereoscopes were manufactured by Établissements A. Plocq from Paris. The company was founded in 1895[1] by Alexandre Plocq[2] and was located at Rue de Center, Les Lilas. The online patent register provides a nice overview of the company’s history. The first patent is registered by Alexandre Plocq and dates from 1902[2]. A patent… Continue reading Planox Stéréoscope Magnétique


The Glyphoscope was a stereo camera for 45x107mm glass plate negatives, developed by Jules Richard. It was a compact, simple and affordable camera that could also serve as a stereoscope. The Glyphoscope was an alternative to the more expensive Vérascope. It made stereo photography accessible to amateurs. The marketing slogan was: Designed especially for beginners… Continue reading Glyphoscope


Taxiphote was the name of a series of multiple view stereoscopes based on slide trays. The device was developed by Jules Richard and the first patent dates from 1899[1]. The first models were just called Stéréo Classeur, but soon the name Taxiphote was introduced. It was the most sophisticated stereoscope of its time. The Taxiphote… Continue reading Taxiphote

Stereo daguerreotype of a woman

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first photographic image in 1826 or 1827. He worked together with Louis Daguerre to improve his process. After Niépce’s sudden death in 1833, Daguerre continued to work on the development that would eventually lead to the invention of photography in 1839. He named the process daguerreotype. A daguerreotype consists of polished… Continue reading Stereo daguerreotype of a woman

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