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

Smith, Beck & Beck book stereoscope

The Smith, Beck & Beck book stereoscope is based on Joseph Beck’s patent of 1859. It’s designed for viewing stereocards and stereoscopic images that are mounted in a book. The stereoscope was very successful and around 3000 devices were produced until c.1890. It’s probably the most complete book stereoscope ever produced. The two prismatic achromatic… Continue reading Smith, Beck & Beck book stereoscope

Smith, Beck & Beck table-top stereoscope

A table-top stereoscope. manufactured by Smith, Beck & Beck from London. It’s designed for viewing stereocards and glass stereoviews. At first glance, this stereoscope looks like a multi viewer, but in fact it has more in common with a handheld stereoscope mounted on a base plate. The base plate folds into its storage box which… Continue reading Smith, Beck & Beck table-top stereoscope

Zeiss Jena Verant

The Verant is a stereoscope that supports multiple stereoview formats.The stereoscope has a solid metal construction and is manufactured by Carl Zeiss from Jena. Zeiss Jena (not to be confused with Zeiss Ikon) developed various models of the Verant over the years. An early model supports 9x15cm stereoviews and was manufactured from c. 1905. It… Continue reading Zeiss Jena Verant

Ernemann Magazin Stereoscope

The Ernemann Magazin was produced between 1913 and 1925. The stereoscope in this post was built between 1920 and 1925 and has serial number 1081251. It contains the new logo that was used after a collaboration between Ernemann and Friedrich Krupp AG in 1920. It replaced the famous logo with the Goddess of light. It’s… Continue reading Ernemann Magazin Stereoscope

Gaumont Stéréodrome

The Gaumont Stéréodrome is a well designed and robust stereoscope for 6x13cm glass stereoviews, manufactured by the Societé des Etablissements Gaumont from Paris. Léon Ernest Gaumont (1864–1946) was a French industrialist and pioneer of the motion picture industry. He worked at the Comptoir Général de Photographie from 1893 and acquired the business two years later.… Continue reading Gaumont Stéréodrome

Lucien Bize stereoscopes

Lucien Albert Bize designed a series of compact stereoscopes. Almost nothing is known about the company. The company was located at 69, Rue Oberkampf in Paris and was from 1913 continued by Robert Pleyau[1]. Omnium The design for the Omnium was Lucien Bize’s first patent and dates from 1904[3]. It’s a simple folding stereoscope for… Continue reading Lucien Bize stereoscopes

Ernemann Universal Stereoscope

The Ernemann Universal Stereoscope is a versatile folding stereo viewer for glass and paper card stereoviews that supports different formats. Ernemann manufactured different stereoscopes to support it’s stereo camera portfolio. This foldable viewer supports the formats 45x107mm up to 8,5x17cm. It must have been a useful device for retailers and photographers who had to deal… Continue reading Ernemann Universal Stereoscope

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