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

Le Polyphote

Le Polyphote looks more like a common multiple view stereoscope than Lucien Bize’s other designs Minimus and Multiphote. A 1910 advertisement[1] lists the Polyphote as a new device, so it’s assumed that this is the year of its introduction. The device was available for 45x107mm and 6x13cm glass stereoviews. The viewer uses a slide tray for 25 slides.… Continue reading Le Polyphote

Le Multiphote

The Multiphote is designed by Lucien Bize and introduced in 1908[1]. It’s a further development of the Minimus and adds a slide-tray to place and catch the slides. It’s a slightly bigger device compared to the Minimus, but it simplifies replacing the slides. Multiphotes were manufactured for the 45x107mm and 6x13mm format. The top cover of the… Continue reading Le Multiphote

Le Minimus

Le Minimus was patented by Lucien Bize and Simeon Louis Claparede in 1907[1]. The device was announced a year later, together with the Phoenix (or Phénix) and the more advanced Multiphote[2]. The Minimus was introduced for the glass stereoview formats 45x107mm and 6x13cm. The Minimus doesn’t have an advanced mechanism and was therefore compact and… Continue reading Le Minimus


The design for the Omnium was Lucien Bize’s first patent and dates from 1904[1]. It’s a simple folding stereoscope for paper card stereoviews. There were also models with a frosted glass to view glass stereoviews. The viewer comes with its original burgundy coloured box. The viewer is collapsible and the handgrip can be unscrewed from… Continue reading L’Omnium

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

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

Zeiss Ikon stereoscopes

The Zeiss Ikon stereoscopes model 628/6 and the 628/8 are robust devices and support the viewing of glass and paper stereoviews. A frosted glass at the back illuminates the glass slides and a lid with mirror can be openend to view paper stereocards. The lenses can be focused and provide a large magnification that ensures… Continue reading Zeiss Ikon stereoscopes

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