The Stéréocycle was introduced by Bazin & Leroy in 1897. The name “Stéréocycle” is based on its clever design that uses rotation cycles to load new plates. The two 6×6,5cm glass plate negatives that make a stereo pair are placed in separate metal frames. After each exposure the cover of the magazine is loosened and… Continue reading Stéréocycle


The Perfecscope is a Holmes-Bates type stereoscope. This type was invented around 1860 by the American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. He did not patent his invention and everyone was free to develop stereoscopes based on the design. The design was further improved by Joseph L. Bates and became known as the Holmes-Bates stereoscope or… Continue reading Perfecscope

Mattey Métascope

The Unis France Métascope is one of the stereoscopes from the very extensive product range of A. Mattey. Mattey sold its products using different trademarks. The more high-quality products were sold with the Unis France brand. The Métascope was introduced in the early 1920s[2]. The model in this post is suitable for viewing 45x107mm glass… Continue reading Mattey Métascope

Vérascope revolving stereoscope

Vérascope of Jules Richard was not only the name of the stereo camera, but became also the trademark for stereoscopes and accessories that supported the 45x107mm glass format. The Vérascope revolving stereoscope is based on a patent by Alexander Beckers from New York[1]. It was therefore also called Beckers style or American style stereoscope. The… Continue reading Vérascope revolving stereoscope

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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